Dolly Parton – Rockstar

7/10

Dolly Parton, the rocker? No, the Country Queen couldn’t quite believe it herself, learning she’d been nominated to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, she tried to persuade the organisers to pull her out of the race, but it was too late and earlier this year she was inducted. “Better make a rock record, then” she thought, and the guest stars applied by the dozens.
It starts very convincingly with the heavy-swingin’ title track, featuring ex-Bon Jovi man Richie Sambora on gleaming solo guitar. From then on, you’re in for a roller-coaster ride over no less than thirty songs, most of which are covers. Of these, I’d like to pinpoint “Long as I can see the light” (John Fogerty guesting), “Heart of glass” (with Debbie Harry), “Let it be” (starring both remaining Beatles) and especially the rousing finale of “Free bird”, the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, backed by today’s version of that band. Here, Parton really lets loose, resulting in a version which for sure gives the original a run for the money. Among the originals, a special mention must go to “Bygones”, easily the albums heaviest track and a duet with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. Extra points to Mötley Crüe guitarist John 5 for his fine solo.
Other parts are less convincing. The recordis a bit guest-heavy (mrs. Parton can truly lift an album on her very own shoulders). Also, the record includes too many ballads and pop tunes to make it a bonafide, true rock record. Dolly Parton’s vocal delivery, on the other hand, is stunning throughout.
Artist: Dolly Parton
Title: Rockstar
Label: Universal
Date of release: 2023-11-17
Rate: 7/10
Stand Out tracks: “Bygones”, “Free bird”
Country of Origin: USA

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Dolly Parton – Rockstar

November 24, 2023

Dolly Parton, the rocker? No, the Country Queen couldn’t quite believe it herself, learning she’d been nominated to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, she tried to persuade the organisers to pull her out of the race, but it was too late and earlier this year she was inducted. “Better make a rock record, then” she thought, and the guest stars applied by the dozens. It starts very convincingly with the heavy-swingin’ title track, featuring ex-Bon Jovi man Richie Sambora on gleaming solo guitar. From then on, you’re in for a roller-coaster ride over no less than thirty songs, most of which are covers. Of these, I’d like to pinpoint “Long as I can see the light” (John Fogerty guesting), “Heart of glass” (with Debbie Harry), “Let it be” (starring both remaining Beatles) and especially the rousing finale of “Free bird”, the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, backed by today’s version of that band. Here, Parton really lets loose, resulting in a version which for sure gives the original a run for the money. Among the originals, a special mention must go to “Bygones”, easily the albums heaviest track and a duet with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. Extra…

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