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Just Because I'm a Woman - The Songs of Dolly Parton CD
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Recorded to mark the 35th anniversary of Dolly Parton's first recording, this album features some of the biggest names in music performing her songs and is a fitting tribute to one of the true greats of country music.
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After hearing this album, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that Dolly Parton is one of the greatest songwriters still working today. In the way she tells a compelling story in a song, and very much in her own way, she can hold her own with such songwriting genuises as Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell.
I must agree that Alison Krauss's 9 to 5 was much too slow and not very close to the original.
Some of the artists didn't sound as good as I thought they'd be covering songs of the excellent Dolly Parton.
Some highlights are Norah Jones' rendition of "The Grass Is Blue", Melissa Enthridge's "I will Always Love You", Emmylou Harris's "To Daddy" and Mindy Smith's "Jolene".
And, of course, not forgetting Dolly's updated version of "Just Because I'm A Woman."
The set open with 9 to 5, to which Alison Kraus gives her own very distinctive treatment with a very bluesy feel to it. Anybody who is familiar with Alison's version of Baby now that I've found you (the classic sixties pop song made famous by the Foundations) already knows about Alison's ability to completely re-interpret a song. So Alison's take on 9 to 5 came as no surprise to me, but it is certainly interesting and sets the standard for the album.
Melissa Etheridge does a great version of I will always love you, though its arrangement is relatively familiar. Norah Jones offers an interesting re-interpretation of The grass is blue, much slower than the original. Dolly actually joined Norah for a duet (Creepin' in) on Norah's second album (Feels like home) so there's plenty of mutual respect between them. Joan Osborne sounds brilliant on one of my favorite Dolly songs, Do I ever cross your mind. The most famous version of the song is the one that Dolly recorded for her 1982 album, Heartbreak express, but Dolly first recorded it as a duet with Chet Atkins in 1976 (this version can be found on Tour collection), later recording a duet with Randy Travis (on his album Heroes and friends) and a trio version with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris (on Trio 2). Exactly which version inspired Joan I don't know, but her version is a reasonably faithful cover.
Shelby Lynne made a great job of The seeker while her sister, Allison Moorer, chose to perform Light of a clear blue morning. Both are brilliant in their different ways. Mindy Smith made her recording debut on this album with a distinctive cover of Jolene. My favorite cover of Jolene remains the one by Matraca Berg, a prolific songwriter who never made it as a singer, but Mindy's version impressed enough people to enable her to launch her own career. Shania Twain (Coat of many colors), Kasey Chambers (Little sparrow) and Sinead O'Connor (Dagger through the heart) all provide fine contributions to this album.
Me'Shell N'Degeocello provides the strangest contribution here with a really weird version of Two doors down. I quite like it as a one-off, but even with my eclectic tastes, I can't imagine listening to an entire album of her own music. Dolly completes the album with a re-interpretation of one of her earliest songs, Just because I'm a woman, giving it more of a Memphis R+B style.
In his liner notes, producer Steve Buckingham were interested in participating in the album but were unable to because of other commitments. He says that the idea of an all-female cast evolved naturally but I see that Reba McEntire, Rhonda Vincent and Linda Ronstadt, three of Dolly's most famous fans, aren't here, while Emmylou Harris is only represented by an old recording from 1978 (To Daddy), so it wasn't only the men who had difficulty finding time in their schedule to record a Dolly tribute. Still, the resultant album is fascinating and leaves open the possibility of another tribute album one day. Quite apart from the logical idea of a tribute album featuring an all-male cast, I suspect that it would be possible to do another all-female album without involving any of the talented women involved here, such is Dolly's popularity among other singers.
Whether or not another tribute album gets released, this one is definitely worth hearing. It is a truly worthy tribute to Dolly.
I supose the gist of my review has to be...when it comes to Dolly Parton songs, you just can't do better than Dolly herself.
The best track by miles is an explosive version of "Dagger Through the Heart" by Sinead O'Connor - buy the album for this track alone!
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