Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Fidlar $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Gear Up for Football Deal of the Day
Customer Review

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the top of her game, March 10, 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Blue Smoke (Audio CD)
This is a really top and very enjoyable listen, whether you are a fan or not. The mix of Country, Blue grass, Pop/light rock, Old World, and Gospel gives it a diversity which means you never tire of it. Sometimes on albums, we have just one or two favourites; here I can say that I really loved eleven of the thirteen tracks and enjoyed the other two. She wrote eight of the songs.The title track is lively, catchy and pure Dolly. She wrote it and though never previously put on an album, versions from concerts appeared on internet and have been very popular for years. Now we can enjoy the full sound. Unlikely angel is a beautiful love song, first on a TV movie of same name, clocked up several million views on youtube; again never out on album - this Blue Grass version really brings it up to date. Don't Think Twice, a Bob Dylan cover, wonderful, she made it her own and more - one of my all time favourites of her covers. You Can't Make Old Friends, duet with Kenny, is extremely touching and their chemistry works. Wish though that they had blended the voices more and that Dolly had also harmonised more. She really lifted this song in the parts she did and if you are a certain wise age, you will connect immediately. The song Home, is a great,Dolly penned song; the fast wordy mix reminds me of Sugar Hill, it would be a hit if it got air play and became a single. Banks of the Ohio is a haunting gem, it shows why she's the queen. Miss you, Miss me was written for a TV Christmas movie end last year, one she has sung just with her and guitar, simply, clear and touching. If I had Wings is a sister of Little Sparrow, only better. I like the faster tempo and fragile sentiment, simply beautiful. From Here to the Moon and Back, she wrote for Joyful Noise Move, long listed for Oscars last year (several million views already on youtube for that alone.) It is gorgeous and dueting it with Willie Nelson adds a good edge. She harmonises so wonderfully that she raises the standard of her duet partners even when they are legends. Try is a song she wrote just for a commencment speech in Tennessee which she gave some years ago and is really an anthem for her philosophy of life. Again already just for that university singing, got millions of views. This album remake of it is fantastic. I love the words. Lover du Jour is my least favourite. It has that Romeo or Shinola feel to it - I do find the wording fun, but it doesn't hit the right nerve with me. Lay your hands on me, a Bonjovi cover; she does a great gospel spin on it; reminds me of Shine. It's not my genre, but I can appreciate it. Her music is like a Monet garden or an Impressionist painting, a beautiful tapestry and the threads of her voice unique. I think in terms of use of her vocals and musical range, this is the best album she's done in a long time.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 2 customers

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jul 8, 2014 10:55:55 AM PDT
Hi just a little correction, "If I Had Wings" was written by Matraca Berg probably one of country music's most underrated composers and singers.Heads up to Dolly for a very good version, you could check out Matraca's original on "The Killing Fields" 2011. Otherwise a great review!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2014 2:54:41 PM PDT
katybb says:
Hello there and thanks for your comment. Appreciate that you liked the review. However, I think there you are making a confusion because both songs have the same title. The song, 'If I Had Wings,' on Blue Smoke is indeed written by Dolly Parton, it is so in the credits and she explains that song in interviews. The song of the same title, and without question also a great song, by Matrica Berg has a totally different melody and different words. But I did listen to her song and loved it and your comment reminded me of the great composer and singer that Marace Berg is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2014 11:40:45 PM PDT
Oops! your quiet right please accept my apologies, love Dolly too!
‹ Previous 1 Next ›