We Review Dolly Parton’s New Album “Rockstar”
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Dolly Parton, the country music icon, takes a daring leap into the world of rock with her latest album, “Rockstar.” In this 30-track masterpiece, Parton transcends boundaries, rewriting the narrative of her musical journey.
From the opening chords of the album, it’s evident that Dolly Parton is crafting an alternate history.
Picture a young Parton shredding an electric guitar in her bedroom, defying the expectations of her parents. Throughout the extensive album, one overarching thought emerges – Dolly Parton is living her dream, and she’s doing it with unbridled joy.
The collaboration roster reads like a who’s who of music legends, featuring Steve Tyler, Stevie Nicks, surviving Beatles, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Linda Perry, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Ann Wilson, and more. Each artist brings their A-game, creating an album without a single subpar performance.
Parton’s collaboration with iconic women in rock stands out, showcasing a celebration of their prowess. Her laughter with Stevie Nicks and the subsequent duet exemplify the camaraderie and talent on display. The inclusion of rock’s biggest names is not just magical; it’s a testament to Parton’s respect and admiration for her fellow musicians.
Modern forerunners like Miley Cyrus join the lineup, creating standout moments.
The duet with Cyrus on ‘Wrecking Ball’ allows both artists to shine, highlighting Cyrus’ rock voice and Parton’s ability to spotlight her collaborator’s strengths.
The album reaches its zenith when it ventures into the realm of melodrama. From Parton’s wailing entry in ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ to the glam-rock rendition of ‘Magic Man,’ and the ceiling-smashing take on ‘Purple Rain,’ each track is a testament to the theatricality of rock.
“Rockstar” is an epic journey that elevates rock to a grand, theatrical scale. Parton’s expressive voice seamlessly transitions from country to rock, delivering performances that go beyond melody.
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The album’s over-the-top joy doesn’t slide into cringe-inducing territory; it’s a serious exploration of a bygone era with a contemporary twist.
However, with 30 tracks, the album’s length might test the patience of some listeners. The slower ballads, while showcasing Parton’s sincerity, may feel less thrilling. Yet, even in these moments, the album maintains its excellence, toeing the line between epic and exhausting.
A standout track is ‘Let It Be,’ where Parton collaborates with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mick Fleetwood, and Peter Frampton. It transforms the Beatles classic into a godly, gospel rendition, a moment that encapsulates the essence of rock history.
“Rockstar” isn’t just an album; it’s an alternative timeline. It’s Dolly Parton playing out her daydreams of rocking out with an electric guitar. At 77, Parton proves that age is just a number, delivering powerful rock riffs and wails that defy expectations.
Dolly Parton’s “Rockstar” is not just a musical endeavor; it’s a testament to her enduring talent, versatility, and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression. Parton has always been a star, but with “Rockstar,” she ascends to the status of a rock god.