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DOLLY: AT HER ULTIMATE BEST!!!,
This review is from: Blue Smoke (Audio CD)
Spanning an incredible 50 years nearly to the day Dolly Parton came to Nashville in 1964 to become a superstar Dolly has released "Blue Smoke", her 72nd in-studio album. For those of us in North America and Europe who have to wait until May to purchase the CD, "Blue Smoke" is available as an import from Australia where it has already been released to much critical and commercial acclaim. The CD debut at #1 on the Country Charts and an incredible #9 on the Australian Pop Charts thanks in part to her "Blue Smoke" world tour that began Down Under in early February, 2014.
The album has pretty much everything that Dolly can sing or write about. From the Appalachian/Bluegrass sound of the title-track to the beautiful ballads of "Try" and "Unlikely Angel" (from her TV movie of the same name from 1996) Dolly is sure to please all her fans and then some.
Her cover of Jon Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands On Me" is simply electrifying and her duets with Kenny Rogers ("You Can't Make Old Friends") and Willie Nelson ("From Here to The Moon and Back", a song she recorded with Kris Kristofferson for her film "Joyful Noise") only add to the essence of the album.
For the ardent Dolly fan there will be a vinyl release of "Blue Smoke" released the same day as the CD edition!
For me, however, it is Dolly's voice that even at 68 she still sings them better than Swift, Cyrus, McBride and all the other gals out there. After all what would you expect from a Living Legend?!
UPDATE: For the week ending May 23rd, 2014 "Blue Smoke" debut at #2 on the Billboard Country Charts and an amazing #6 on the Billboard Pop Charts making this the first time a solo Dolly Parton album has entered the Top 10 on the Pop side. This is a career first for Dolly. The CD in its first week of release has sold over 40,000 copies!!!