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Better Day CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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One of the most honored female country singers of all time presents a much-anticipated album of all-new studio material - Better Day (Dolly Records) - and a 2011 world tour bringing her throughout America, the U.K., Europe and Australia.

"I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational," says the seven-time Grammy winner who was hailed as "one of our national treasures" by Newsweek in 2008. "Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says "hope." "
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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dolly Records
  • ASIN: B0050VBX3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After waiting nearly three and a half years fans of Dolly Parton can rejoice in the fact that Dolly has a brand new studio album out called "Better Day", with her last full album being 2008's "Backwoods Barbie", although Dolly did release the live record "Dolly-Live From London" in 2009 and a year before that she had released "Sha-kon-O-Hey" which was sold exclusively at Dollywood to benefit the "Friends of the Smokies" organization.

"Better Day" features 12 original Dolly Parton-penned songs with their themes being very uplifting. She wanted to do an album at this time with a positive angle because of the hard times in the world. The record has been released to coincide with her "Better Day World Tour" which will see her perform in concert starting in July in the U.S., then it's off to Europe, then back to America for a few more dates, then in November she will play Australia for the first time in over 20 year. In 2012 she will also be performing in Canada and finish off the tour in the states.

The first single from the CD, "Together You and I", is actually a beautiful remake of a song she had recorded with her former mentor and duet partner Porter Wagoner for their 1974 LP "Porter "n" Dolly". It has a new tempo and has been contemporized to suit today's country music sound. Other tracks include "Holding Everything" that was recorded by "Alabama" lead singer Randy Owen; "Missing You" was originally recorded by Dolly for the film "First Dog"; and "I Just Might", "Shine Like The Sun", "Get Out", and "Let Love Grow" were songs she had wrote for her Tony-nominated score of "9 to 5-The Musical.

The five remaining tracks were written especially for this set and include the beautiful "In The Meantime", "Country Is", "The Sacrifice", and the title song.
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If you don't think you like classic country, listen to Dolly. If you think you don't like pop, listen to Dolly. If you think you don't like newer country, give "Better Day" a try and you just might. I try and listen to today's country radio and I get bored real fast. Here, Dolly tries her hand at today's country music and as always she not only succeeds, she makes it better. If this was played on the radio I would listen for sure. As always Dolly delivers excellent songs written all by her with help from only Mac Davis on one track (Country Is). This CD focuses on being positive and trying again. Some of the best tracks are "I Just Might". It's a song that if you need some inspiration on starting over, you won't find any better than this one. "In The Meantime" is a song that tells us that no matter what beliefs are, religious or otherwise, we need to enjoy the present as none of us really know what's going to happen. I actually was struck by one negative review I read that called this song dangerous & naive. That reviewer obviously only heard key words and didn't really listen. It's NOT a religious song but rather a song that tells us to NOT overly think about it. A standout track indeed. "Holding Everything" & "Together You and I" are Dolly being romantic as only Dolly can. "Somebody's Missing You" is the most simplistic & country but also possibly the best written tune here. There is really nothing to complain about here. The only thing that possibly could have been done a bit better is the production and instrumentation.Read more ›
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Iconic legendary Superstar Dolly Parton hits new heights throughout "Better Day" with a winning program of infectous & uplifting songs sung with lots of soul and great arrangements sounding like musicians were truly inspired by the legendary lady and her great new program of stunning originals...wanting to give the world a positive boost in troubled times, Dolly has succeeded with flying colors!
"Together You And I" is a wonderful new love song filled with those catchy hooks when it is Dolly at her best like "9 to 5" and this new exhuberant song should enjoy same success as that Dolly classic. Throughout this remarkable masterwork, material is first-rate and "Better Day" should be a huge success for the durable singer/songwriter and hopefully the music industry & radio will rise to the occasion and give deserved accolades and airplay to a stellar work from a lady who has been going strong for some fifty years and counting...Bravo Dolly!
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All I can say is I was totally blown away with this Cd, I thought "Backwoods Barbie" was her best but she has out done herself again. all tracks are worth listening to over and over again. This cd came out at a perfect time for me, I was going though a bad time lately and this cd is a very positive and uplifting..Thank you DOLLY.Once again I sure hope Country radio gives this a spin. Country Radio don't know what they are missing...
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None of us are getting any younger, and in the case of singers, those that stay in the music business have to come to terms with the toll it takes on their voices. Most of them tend to focus on ballads, because any ageing problems are usually more obvious on up-tempo songs. Dolly has chosen the alternative but more difficult strategy of continuing to write and record a mix of tempos, but ensuring that she can sing them in a way that does them justice, sometimes using a semi-spoken, semi-singing style. Dolly co-wrote one song with Mac Davis, who she has occasionally worked with previously, but otherwise wrote all the songs herself.

The opening track (In the meantime), which has optimistic lyrics that appear to be out of sync with the realities of the world as it is in 2011, is a good example of Dolly`s approach to up-tempo songs on this album.. Another good example is Country is as country does, in which Dolly reminds us yet again that she is country to the core, and emphasizes the point by hiring Lloyd Green (remember him?) to play steel guitar on the track. This particular album may have a contemporary edge here and there, but if it isn't exactly country to the core, it's very close.

Among the ballads, I particularly like Somebody's missing you, but the whole album is brilliant. If you are already a Dolly fan, I expect you will be very pleased with this album. Dolly obviously isn't planning on retirement any time soon, so I look forward to the next album with anticipation.
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