Van Lear Rose
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Loretta's vocals are so strong - she's 70 years of age! - and the songs are the usual stuff of country music - broken relationships, poverty, desperation, drinking and murder. The more traditional sounding songs with just her voice, guitar, pedal-steel guitar and fiddle are particularly well played and produced. Even two gospel-tinged songs, Have Mercy and High on a Mountain Top, are given highly innovative productions. Little Red Shoes could be described as a kind of country rap - Loretta talking over a dreamy, bluesy riff about her mother buying her a pair of shoes when she was a child. On the track Women's Prison, about her being sent to jail for the murder of her cheating lover, simply listen to the music rise and fall and then finish off in a cacophony of distorted guitar. Revelatory.
Gram Parsons is said to have invented "country rock". Who would have thought that Loretta Lynn would be continuing that tradition in such a raucous fashion more than thirty years later. I'm sure that Johnny Cash would have loved this album. This is as country music can be.
When I heard that Jack White of The White Stripes was going to produce this album, I was of course surprised. I had no idea Loretta had planned on releasing a new album, and I had no idea it was her who chose Jack to help produce it! The results are amazing nonetheless! Van Lear Rose is a true Country-sounding album with a bit of an edge of rock-n-roll in it. When she sings, she sounds so full of life. And even though a few of the songs are about 2 minutes in length, the listener can easily identify with what the song's talking about and [the listener's] left satisfied hearing that song because it's just THAT good.
Out of the 13 songs all written by Loretta, my top favorite songs off the Van Lear Rose album are "Portland Oregon" (a duet with Jack White), "High On a Mountain Top," the title track "Van Lear Rose," and "Women's Prison." All of the songs are stunning and you'll be listening to them over and over and over again. Loretta teaming up with Jack White proves that even the oddest pairings can always deliver stunning perfection.
This is a very, very decent album and I recommend it to anyone who's a Loretta fan or is just even the slightest bit interested in her music. This is great country music that, I believe, is one of Loretta's best recordings ever.
Loretta plans on making a religous album and Christmas album and is thinking of having Jack White produce those albums as well. Keep your fingers crossed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album from Loretta Lynn took me a little while to adjust to the modern music of Jack White but Loretta`s voice echoed through with her distingtive voice and that was it, I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by rex
Brilliant album.. Portland, Oregon is difficult to get out of your head! My Grandparent loved it too, and they are Loretta Lynn fans of old!Published 18 months ago by Miss Claire E. Goodwin