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The best track here is "Portland, Oregon" which is possibly my favorite song of 2004 by anybody. Great arrangement and tasty slide guitar highlight this duet with White about a one-night-stand. Other faves are the spoken word "Little Red Shoes", the autobiographical "Story of my Life", the powerful lyrics of "God Makes No Mistakes", "Mrs. Leroy Brown" which causes me to wonder again how it's possible that this women is 70, and "Women's Prison" which is about a woman on death row for murdering her cheating husband (is there any other kind?). White plays some nasty guitar that's a representation of the woman's execution at the end of this song.
Sadly, something is seriously wrong with the music industry when the latest Shania Twain release is going to outsell Van Lear Rose by 20 to 1. Thank you Jack White for inspiring me to purchase my first Loretta Lynn album. Now I need to check out some of her catalog and see what I've been missing all these years.
country music has needed some shaking up. While there
have been occasional tremors, it's only fitting that
the artist most likely to turn Nashville on its top is
the same one that jolted it awake 30 years ago.
Loretta Lynn has just released one of the best records
in modern Country Music.
"You've got to have an open mind," Loretta writes in a
letter on her web site, "Van Lear Rose sounds a little
different from my other ones."
A little different indeed! But that's only if you're
not used to country laced with loud grunge guitars,
eerie cross-tuned fiddles, and dark moody lyrics:
"I'm sittin' here on death row / And Lord I've lost my
mind / For love I've killed my darlin' / And for love
I'll lose my life"
Listeners who've followed the progressive music scene
in the last few years have taken note of the
admiration Van Lear Rose's producer Jack White has
shown for Loretta Lynn. In 2001 he dedicated the
White Stripes' breakthrough disc "White Blood Cells,"
to her. Traditional music fans have also noted
White's forays into the roots of rural music with his
participation in the movie and soundtrack to "Cold
"He's got a lot of energy," Lynn says. "He's still a
kid, you know, so he feels like he can jump the river
and turn around and jump back over. He don't think
that nobody's any older than him."
No matter what his age, White has shaken open the
well-springs of country music with his production of
Van Lear Rose. There's a fresh, almost urban taste to
the original blue Kentucky girl's hillbilly twang.Read more ›
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This is one of my all-time favorite albums. Although I liked some of her older hits, such as Coal Minor's Daughter, while growing up, I think it is safe to say that this album... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Scott
I was very disappointed with this album. The producer/director of the album seemed bent on drowning Loretta Lynn's beautiful voice in music passages so overdone you can't enjoy... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Michael