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Coat Of Many Colors

Dolly Parton

1971

Coat Of Many Colors

Album Summary

Coat of Many Colors is the eighth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on October 4, 1971, by RCA Victor. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1972 CMA Awards. It also appeared on Time magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time and at No. 257 on Rolling Stone's 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Parton has cited the title track on numerous occasions as her personal favorite of all the songs she has written. The album was reissued on cassette in Canada in 1985. It was reissued on CD for the first time in 1999. It was reissued on CD in Europe in 2001 with 1971's Joshua. The album was reissued on CD again in 2007 featuring four previously unreleased tracks. In 2010, Sony Music reissued the 2007 CD in a triple-feature set with 1973's My Tennessee Mountain Home and 1974's Jolene.

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Rating

3.36

Votes

5034

Genres

  • Country
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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

My album of many plaintive country songs That Dolly made for me Made only from fiddle, bass, steel and vibrato voice But I listened so pleasantly Although they sounded pretty samey I was happy as I could be With my album of many country love songs That Dolly made for me

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Sat Oct 23 2021
1

"And people say she's just a big pair of tits".

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

As someone who is not a fan of country music, this album was enlightening. I always knew Dolly Parton was something special, but this album reinforced that knowledge. She manages to take what I often times feel is a tired and repetitive genre and produced songs that are poignant, sweet, and funny. An absolutely fantastic album.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Exhibit A of old country music is so good, what the hell happened? I've always accepted Dolly as country royalty because of her chart toppers but this album really shows why she earned that crown. "Coat of Many Color," is a heartbreaking song that plays heads to the romping "Traveling Man's" tails. It's impressive that Dolly can write about such a broad range of topics and apparently back then it was impressive that she was writing her own songs at all. It's truly a songwriting showcase. For all the heartbreak and forlorn feelings on this album Dolly leaves you with a sense of joy when then whole thing wraps up. You really get that sunshine feeling from Dolly even on her most hard up songs. Her ability to make the darkness bright, and that deep FUNKY bass on "Early Morning Breeze," is what makes this one a classic.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

There was a phase of quarantine that I listened to this album a couple times (more specifically I think it was brought on by a post election playing of "Clear Blue Morning" on repeat). It didn't strike the same fondness for every track on this latest revisiting but there's still some gems on here for sure. You get Dolly's full range of story telling in the first two songs: first you have a heartfelt story of a mother scrapping by for her daughter and in the next a mom's running off with her daughter's lover. What a range. Early Morning Breeze is one I'll certainly return to in the future. And Coat of Many Colors is just a charmer in both lyrics and walking bass line.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

I fully admit I didn't know much about Dolly Parton until she became a recent resurgent media darling, but I truly love her attitude and care. It's so clear in what she sings about and how she lives. I hated country when I was young. But the older I get the more I realize I really just dislike a lot of pop country. I'm a sucker for American folk, western, and certain types of country music. This album has a few songs that definitely fit that bill. I think I'd cut it in half and turn it into an EP for regular listening, but very good overall. Great voice, full of emotion, love a heavy bass in the mix.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Can't deny that voice. Her story is inspirational, and Coat of Many Colors is touching, beautiful, empowering, and telling about society. A very wise song. Obvioulsy a little preachy here and there, but a comforting album that is beautiful, human, and wholesome.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Despite the sickly sweetness of a lot of Dolly's ballads and memoir songs including the title track, this album stretches into all the spaces the genre has to offer. 'Traveling Man' is Nancy Sinatra-style country punk, 'My Blue Tears' has that high lonesome bluegrass style, with harmonies and simple melody, and 'If I Lose My Mind' is classic Nashville country. It sort of tapers off toward the end in my opinion, but the first half is top-notch and as a piece it holds up very well.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Upbeat in its songwriting, unassuming in its lyrics, and almost musically elementary - 'Coat Of Many Colors' (album) embodies traditional country simplicity, with welcome augments by Dolly Parton. Familiar ingredients with the likes of Bob Dylan, Parton employs storytelling-style lyricism that provide a 'sweet' quality to the record, of youth and child-likeness. Easily received but not necessarily provoking, a satisfactory record delivered nonetheless in the form of her personal life's narrative.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

The title track and Travelling Man are exceptional. Unsurprisingly, none of the tracks that follow match them. But they're all still good, pulchritudinous in a way that only someone with a voice and picking style this powerful can get away with. She virtually never belts. Doesn't have to. You can hear what she's capable of even in her faintest tremble. In a way, her vocal restraint is as gentle as her stories of Christian modesty. After all, towering above her audience and yodelling about the beauty of nature and her pauper's coat wouldn't sit quite right.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
3

Anybody else's pee taste weird after listening to this album?

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Really solid album with great stories told throughout

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

Clear and beautiful as a bell

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

A masterclass in songwriting, arrangement, and production. Dolly Parton expresses a naiveté that is endearing and allows her to inhabit an almost childlike space of wonder and unrequited love. The musicianship on this album is tight. For me, the bass really shines in an album that is a joy to listen to from start to finish.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

The ultimate in feel-good music. While listening to Coat of Many Colors, Early Morning Breeze, and Travelling Man, I found myself smiling for no apparent reason apart from the joy in Parton's voice. Music therapy for sure.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

A voice to die for.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

This was the first album in a while I really enjoyed! Dolly Parton is great!

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Imagine not thinking that Dolly Parton is one of America's finest songwriters

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Dolly. Love her in so many ways. I hadn't heard most of these songs, and they are very much Dolly, which is a high compliment. At a time when women songwriters and performers had it so tough, she pushed hard. This was genuinely enjoyable to listen to this morning.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Just a masterpiece country album with beautiful production, especially with the vocals and chorus harmonies. Great run time and each song flows beautifully into the next.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I listened to this three times. Always happy to listen to Dolly's voice! I found it funny that 'traveling man' followed 'coat of many colors' and definitely believe Dolly was behind that decision. I particularly loved 'here I am.'

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

it’s dolly

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

nice

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

A new one on me and loved it. Has proper country music titles like She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like). Favourite track was Travellin' Man. Really uplifting album.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I listened all the way through, and I didn't feel bored once. That's the gold standard.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Beautiful voice, phenomenal songwriting. Iconic

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Amazing. Surprisingly moving

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

https://youtu.be/bGv0sMxgLsE Apenas.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

I'm not sure if this album really deserves the 5 stars. It's not really original, nor is the musicianship particularly outstanding in terms of songwriting. But Dolly Parton just is and always was a treasure to warm the heart. It feels like a sweet, pure and simple pleasure listening to her music and that's enough for me to round up my rating from 4.5 Now I'm going to listen to some more of her stuff.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Shocked at how much I liked this

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Great album. Good old country music fronted by a classic voice.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

This album further supports my ongoing opinion that some of the best songs ever written in western music, across all genres, can be plucked from the first tracks of albums. The album's title track is brilliant - enough to bring a grown man to tears with its gorgeous vocal harmonies, heartfelt storytelling, and beautiful message. Fortunately, the album has plenty more to offer. I haven't listened to much of Dolly Parton but there's just so much to love here. She's an incredible vocalist and songwriter, and there's not a single song on here that isn't worth a listen (or several). 'Travellin' Man', 'My Blue Tears', 'Here I Am' are a few other highlights in my opinion.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Rafraichissant, un bon album Country d'une merveilleuse chanteuse. J'adore et j'ai trouvé que c'était pas assez long 27 min. Un 5/5 bien mérité

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Tue May 10 2022
5

A less than bombastic great album, Coat Of Many Colors just has next to nothing to dislike. Dolly's voice is familiar, of course; I was impressed by the quality of the backing musical material, and the ground covered. In less than half an hour, pretty amazing.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat May 28 2022
5

My kids have been absolutely obsessed with Dolly Parton lately after I picked up an old hits collection of hers on vinyl a few weeks back - so this one is very timely for me. I must say, in listening to her records with my kids, I have absolutely fallen in love with her music and the story of her life. I find myself singing her songs to myself in my head all the time (and my kids sing them out loud). The eponymous song from this album is perhaps the definitive example of how her life and music intertwined to produce some of her best work. My kids particularly love that track, as she adapted it to a picture book that is given away as part of her Imagination Library program, which gives out free picture books every month to any child under 5 - which, by the way, just might be the single most admirable and meaningful charity program I have ever heard of. If you have kids, or are close to any kids, under the age of 5 in the US, make sure they are signed up for the program. It is a Godsend for both parents and children. All her amazing charity work aside, this is the album where she really came into her own as a songwriter. She then went on an absolute tear from 71-75. And then there is her voice. Her voice is able to pierce me emotionally in a way most other country music isn't able to. She has another album a couple years down the line from this one, also based on her life, called "My Tennessee Mountain Home" that I can't listen to without choking up. "Coat of Many Colors" is her at the outset of her best work. Absolutely quintessential country music and some of the most sincere music of any kind you should ever hope to hear.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

"And people say she's just a big pair of tits"

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Almost-perfect Dolly Parton from the 70s - the only DP album I know so a bit hard to compare it to the rest of her work. The album isn't nonstop 5-star but the first half and quite a few second half songs definitely are.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Dolly is such a national treasure. SO MANY ALBUMS! This album seems as good as any to check out her large volume of work. This album speaks to her blue collar country upbringing. Such a great voice! Great classic early 70s country that ranks up there with other country legends from this era.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Perfection

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

short and sweet, just like the queen of country herself.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Good solid fun country music. Nothing to complain about here

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Love this. Has an authenticity that is sorely lacking in most modern country music. A lot of the songs are short, but they are more effective this way. They don’t overstay their welcome or repeat the chorus over and over again.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Luv u dolly

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Amazing, far too short. God bless Dolly

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

I don't know where to start. There's a good reason why Dolly has the best voice of all time in my opinion. On some of the tracks she can even sound like a bird then she has the biggest range of all time in terms of notes she can sing but also style and tone. Dolly is probably my biggest inspiration in most areas of life to be honest. Then we can move to the song writing, story-telling, from the obvious to the abstract, even the track listing starting with a song about her mother's love then on to a story of a mother's sexuality and a heart breaking story of manipulation and betrayal from the travelling man. Oh my GOD it is heart achingly beautiful. Here I am is an absolute anthem, what a message, what a delivery. This album is no disappointment, I guess it doesn't include any of her big party bangers, that isn't a disappointment to me though I LOVE and appreciate Dolly for all her facets. I know she says Coat of Colours is perhaps her favourite of all the million or so incredible songs she's written and you can feel this is a super special album when you listen. Only sliiiiight down side for me is the songs written by Porter Wagoner but it won't bring my score down because they're still performed to perfection by the Queen herself.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Pure and true and uplifting, like the artist herself. One felt the quality just kept creeping up, overcoming concerns about corniness or sentimentality. She's every bit as distinct a writer, as she is a singer. This is timeless, a masterpiece on its own terms, sounding not at all dated and fully relevant. "Mystery of the Mystery" is tops, but every cut has ample merits, particularly "Early Morning Breeze," and "She Never Met and Man" and title cut, too, of course. Refined and understated playing throughout.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

An absolutely wonderful collection of songs, with lots of light and shade and lovely lyrics. The title track might be her best song, in terms of words and music, but I prefer the driving rythym of Travellin Man. Brilliant, and much better (in my opinion) than a lot of her later pop records.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Ok, I really wasn't expecting to want to give a Dolly Parton album a 5. I hate the "we love you Dolly!" sentiment flying around some parts of the internet, and I thought working 9 to 5 is a lame song. But this was brilliant? The first song in particular was just amazing. It didn't really drop in quality, either. Some really nice thoughtful lyrics and that old school country vibe. I'll play this again for sure. 5/5.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Classic country by a classic (and classy) singer/songwriter. Iconic.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Very good. Very Dolly.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

nice to hear dolly in what i take to be her prime - she's still going strong, but 'merican culture in 1970 was primed and ready for her music. it's not really my thing, but she does sing like a bird

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Sun May 02 2021
4

4.2 + love that storytelling classic country music. Dolly Parton is an amazing songwriter and this is one of her best.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

4/5

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Love some Dolly, not the best of her album but solid all around. 3.5 but rounding up

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Beautiful

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

country tunes, catchy, not one for heavy rotation but nice enough

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Love me some Dolly!!

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Was pleasantly surprised. This is a tight, concise, tuneful album. I wasn’t expecting it to be so accessible and so ‘pop’ based on the preconceived notion in my head of what I assume country music sounds like. This is really good stuff.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Can’t hate on Dolly. She’s a treasure even if her music isn’t my taste.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

she captures a cuteness with this album that i don't think i've heard anywhere else.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great album. Tapped my foot all the way through. I don't listen to this genre but enjoyed.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

First experience with any Dolly Parton. Good stylistic range. Big fan of the song where she calls her neighbor a ho (euphemistically ofc)

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Dolly <3

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Absolutely beautiful stories and songs. I don’t go out of my way for country music but Dolly really does a great job with this one. The production is clean and clear, and her message gets across the whole album.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Traveling man 👌

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Sun May 09 2021
4

New to me. Has a very old school / country feel to it. Starts off slow but kicks it up a notch with the second song. Very wholesome lyrics. Rather short record with "only" 27 Minutes.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

A great album. I've heard Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, and a couple other songs from Dolly, but never a whole record. This was beautiful and enjoyable and felt like it should have been longer.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

A living saint and a great album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Dolly is such a timeless storyteller. Most of her music isn't really for me, but it's still really good music.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Chill out country, like it. Probably won't be going and listening to Dolly's back catalogue. Glad to give her this revenue for the vax though. Cheers Dolly

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

I listened to this album like it was one consistent track album. I didn't see the time fly. Very good lyrics, melodies and vocal.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Not a big country fan, but there is something about this which is somehow joyous. It just sounds like someone who is happy, which makes it difficult not to like. 3.5/5.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Nice!

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

que belleza

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

She's a national treasure. I'm not a country fan by any stretch of the imagination but I love Dolly.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

This was a great listen! I'm not massively into country, and only really familiar with Dolly Parton's inescapable mega hits, so it was great to hear something from her I wasn't already passively sick of. Fave track - toss up between "Traveling Man", "The Mystery of the Mystery", or "Early Morning Breeze"

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Traveling Man is a bop, everything I like about real country music. A few songs are too Bible-y for me, but overall, really solid album.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Luv dolly

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

viraj gut 4/5 fav trackz: early morning breeze traveling man -------------------------stay cool 8 - )

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Ms. Parton is a legend. 'nuf said.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Great easy listening, hard to find something not like about this, country at its most enjoyable

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Coming back to Dolly, I feel less judgemental of sentimentality! I love "Coat of Many Colours" and "The Way I See You." The lyrics of "If I lose My Mind" makes you sit up and listen, particularly considering this was released in 1971.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

I only really knew 9-5 and Jolene Dolly so this was great to hear! Kind of tragic though

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

maybe 4.5/5

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

4/5. Country usually ain’t my think but Dolly drives a hard bargain

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Parton manages to invoke each short song with so much emotion and drama. A master storyteller

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

1971. Coat of Many Colors, Traveling Man

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I like it! Plain folk-pop

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

The good songs are great, some are a little fanciful.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I think that maybe I just don't like modern country because this was excellent. Older country tends to feel more similar to folk, and I appreciate the storytelling that Dolly does here. Coat of Many Colors was stuck in my head for days!

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Dolly can make a bad story beautiful. She has a upbeat way of going through a bunch of negativity and making it sound like a dream. This album is song bye an angel and does not contain fluff. Most song are under 3 minutes and there should be no excuse not to give this story of poverty, bad love, and being overlooked because your a woman album.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Great country music album. Classic

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

SImplismente a rainha do country

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

I haven't really listened to much Dolly in my life, but I like it!

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Liked it much more the second time through

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Iconic Dolly

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Ms. Dolly has quite the way of selling heartbreak. The few times the songs weren't about romance, I felt I didn't enjoy as much. "The Mystery of The Mystery" felt jarring in the middle of the other songs, and "Early Morning Breeze" felt more folk-pop than anything. Still, the rest of the songs are great and Ms. Dolly is a national treasure. Favorite tracks: "Coat of Many Colors", "Here I Am"

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

The titular song is a classic, no doubt, but Dolly Parton does simple country songs so well. It's an incredibly breezy and simple album that's worth replaying. I love Dolly's voice and her approach to songwriting, I think that's worth being on the list alone. Given how big of a star she is, though, I think there's plenty reasons why we see this album here.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Great stuff, makes me feel like I’m at Dollywood, gotta love Dolly, I miss this type of country

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Dolly is great. I prefer acoustic guitar-picking country in a bluegrass style (Molly Tuttle), rather than steel, but that's just how country music was at the time. The songs and delivery are really good.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I'm from Kentucky. I have to like Dolly. She's a saint of a woman.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

vmp

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

It started of what I thought would be a heartbreak album before ending with a whole "This is who I am, take it as is." I think this is the first time that I've heard a Dolly Parton album and it was certainly interesting.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Бодрое кантри. Нравится. Музыка классная, нескучная. Звучит приятно и легко :) При том, что я не фанат жанра кантри.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Lovely lovely lovely album

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Not my kind of music. But because of her personality, not taking herself to serious, her stance on the R&R hall of fame I give this a yes

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Dolly is just great. The album I think does drop off a *little* as it goes on, a few more upbeat tunes in the vein of Travelling Man would have done wonders to keep up the energy. Still brilliant though.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Not my type of music but there's no denying Dolly's songwriting chops and the arrangements are generally tasteful and melodies; timeless. 4 🌟

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Probably like many of my particular ilk it took me a long time to see past the cultural presence and facade of Parton (at its peak in the late 70s and 80s when I was growing up) and realize her profound talent and originality. This is excellent, if mostly a shade shot of her very top tier

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Tue May 24 2022
4

First time of listening. The queen of country gets the recognition she deserves here. The titular "Coat Of Many Colours" a semi-autobiographical song is one of the classics on this little gem of a country classic. Favourites Include the Above Title Track, "Travelling Man" "If I Lose My Mind" and "She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like)" A really good example of country music as "White Peoples Blues" some heart rending lyrics and a search for the strength of her roots in working class poverty and the fate of white working class women through "Torch Songs" is epitomised throughout this album. Rightfully on this list as it is "Dolly 101"

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Wed May 25 2022
4

a grand time

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Good clever songs, and Dolly's voice is of course unique and great. Hard not to like it... but hard to get super excited about for me.

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Quite a short record but it's jam packed with the emotional and earnest storytelling we expect from Dolly. She is vulnerable yet strong and proud, and always uniquely herself which is why she is so loved and adored. I like her 80's music more, but this record is the crown jewel of her career in terms of songwriting. Country isn't my thing, but I had a nice time with this one and I respect Dolly as an artist. Iconic album artwork!

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Been in love with Dolly my entire life man.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Even those who vow they hate country cannot hate Dolly, myself included. Her voice is mesmerizing, seemingly without effort, and her storytelling is perfection. My only critique is that the world she portrays, with all of it's dysfunctional relationships and social injustices, seems somehow quaint. While she paints such a clear picture of inequality, no one would ever call it protest music.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

There is a criminally small amount of country music on this list. And I'm not a big country music fan. The list writer(s) being from the UK is very evident when you look at the amount of mediocre 90s pop dance. Anyways… Before she was a national treasure. Before she was an actress. Before she was the butt of jokes about her looks, Dolly Parton was pure country. Country music is story telling. It makes you happy, sad, optimistic and angry. Dolly's songwriting earned her slot on this list and her voice secured her spot on the list of great singers. 4/5.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Kind of surprised this one is on here, but no Jolene. Good album, but few standouts outside of the title track.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

#1 - Sådan lidt meh, lidt for sød #2 - god sang / god historie #3 - Nice n’ catchy #4 - slow #5 - mysteriets mysteriet er denne sang #6 - meget country standart #7 - sød #8 - lidt forglemmelig #9 - (Her er jeg) det er sådan set det #10 - ja Et godt album, selvom mange af sangene lød ens. Helt perfekt længde 4/5

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

I kind of hate the title track. It's kitschy and belittling even as it tries to achieve the opposite. Anyway, the rest of the album is pretty great. Best track: Here I Am

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Really good album. Standouts: Coat of Many Colors, Traveling Man, Here I Am. 4/5

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

dolly mon exception qui confirme la règle♥ (à bas la country)

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Un 3 en temps normal mais un 4 aujourd'hui

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Who doesn’t love Dolly? I heard some songs I never had before. Some of the lyricals are scandalous.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Naslovna je genijalna

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

I haven't heard this since I was a kid hanging out with Aunt Debbie and cousin Angela. Really enjoyed it. Dolly is an ICON.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Now THIS is country. Lush songwriting, genuine emotion, classic production. And such a pure voice. Even at her most saccharine, Dolly is earnest and wins me over every time.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Liked this a lot more than I expected to.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

This is a terrific album. The title track is awesome. My dad played it for me as a kid and to this day it still makes me tear up a bit. The rest of the songs are pretty good, but not quite as good as that title track. There's still a lot to like here. A great album from a legend of the genre.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

One big takeaway from this project so far has been just how much amazing country records were made both in and outside Tennessee. I can’t claim to have been particularly enlightened on the genre, and most of my impressions centred around an extremely hokey caricature of hillbilly folk rock. Once again, I’m pleasantly surprised. This album is just so good. Dolly Parton’s songwriting is so stellar, but that goes without saying. What really hits home on this record is the production. There are some pop flourishes on this record which are so forward thinking, I’d have thought them impossible on a country record. But nevertheless they just serve to really hit home the songwriting quality on display. My personal favourite was the emotionally powerful “The Way I See You”, but the truth is there’s such a diverse spectrum of moods on this album you can’t really go wrong. Add in the relatively short run time and you have a winner in my book. Great stuff!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

She really can sing.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Fantastic, much better than expected

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

7/10. Good stuff, enjoyed the dialect-y rhymes in Traveling Man

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Coming off the back of another country album (which I didn't mind), I wasn't too enthusiastic to get into this. But, boy, am I glad I did. Some great storytelling, low key production, really good. I especially liked the title track.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Solid country album. 4/5

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Good stuff, Dolly.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

first album i've listened to twice in a row. great both times. Dolly's voice is clear as a bell and the instrumentation is tight as hell. Admittedly, I've slept on Ms. Parton a little, but I don't think I will any more. I should really head back to Dollywood at some point.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

I get why Dolly is so revered for her songwriting now. She has a knack for melody and lyrical beauty, as is evident throughout. I do think that it peaks on the first side and starts to drag near the end, even for a sub-30 minute album, but I enjoy the lot of it. B

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Pretty good album. I've always had an issue w/ the standard basslines in country music like this, up/down/up/down, stairstep. It just gets super repetitive. However, there are some really cool basslines in some of these songs, and I like what all the other instruments do as well. 3.75/5

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Great album from a great era in country music. Dolly has such an unmistakable voice, with some crazy vibrato on some of these songs, and her song and lyric writing are great too.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Amazing woman.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Usually when I talk about having to separate the artist from their personal activities, it's because of awful crimes that they've committed against humanity. With Dolly, it's the opposite. I have to separate all the the good that she's done for humanity from the music presented here. Luckily, this is a good album. I'm not a big country fan, but a lot of the older stuff has qualities that makes it very approachable. Parton has a great voice, she's an incredible songwriter, and the music that accompanies her covers a lot of dynamic range. It's also crazy that this is her 8th solo album. In a better world, we would spend a lot more time listening to Dolly Parton and a lot less time listening to Henry Kissinger. Also, in that better world Kissinger would be long dead and we would all take turns peeing on his cursed bones. Long live Dolly Parton! 4/5

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Dolly has my whole heart. Coat of many colors (song) is undeniably iconic. The rest of the album is a true testament to her story telling and musical abilities. This album was fantastic, even so not her best hence the 4 as opposed to 5.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Obviously I've heard of Dolly Parton, but not sure I had actually heard any of her songs... even though she once recorded an album in my small home village of Great Ponton in Lincolnshire. Anyhow, I thought I would find this an intolerable mix of sickly sweet and country, but it is actually not sickly sweet, and is very good. Excellent songwriting and voice.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

As someone who isn't massively into country Dolly Parton is just something else. I love how she tells honest stories but with humour, but via catchy songs too. She is an exceptional talent

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

*Generally feel good and fun, love a bit of Dolly! I liked the traveling man one because it had a story, love a story in a song. *"one is only poor only if they choose to be' lol. I know what that lines trying to say but still, lol. *Some very dark themes put very frankly (like in 'if I loose my mind') but I think that was kind of heartfelt and beautiful. *I was bitterly disappointed there was not a single song from Joseph the musical, but I tried not to let that influence my enjoyment or judgement of the album

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Dolly is a legend. Not my all-time favorite, but she has my respect.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Dolly is such a lovely person. I cannot separate the person who Dolly is from her music. She is a treasure and all musicians should look to her as how to deal with their influence, fortune, and fame. Although I am not a country and western fan, this is pretty great. It is light and happy, while the words are often neither. I especially like the songs: Coat of Many Colors, Early Morning Breeze, & Here I Am

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Dolly is an icon and this album was very enjoyable.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

It's Dolly, with all the warmth and loveliness that that suggests. A kind hearted hug of an album that you'd have to be a grumpy rotter to dislike. The opener and closer are the two classics on here, but all is enjoyable, if occasionally a bit too Country 101 to be truly mind blowing.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Delightful album. Absolutely lovely in all respects. Fine words, fine tunes and a great sound. First time I’d listened to an album of Dolly and it was a pleasure.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

A lovely country romp

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

She’s some girl 😎

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Not a fan of country, but I liked this more than expected, especially 'coat of many colours'.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Great voice, good simple music

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

Dolly Parton really knew how to put out albums back in the 60s and 70s. This is one of her better ones but not her best. Coat of many colors is a great song that has an easy yet strong story. Dolly was part of country music that showed it was okay to struggle and have hard times and not everything is about a party. She is one of the best female country artists and this album shows off her great voice and excellent song writing. 7.6/10

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

The first song is great, it's the essence of the country. The rest of the album is also great but not as the first song. The voice of Dolly Parton is great.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Great album. Obviously title track is great but a lot of the tracks are just nice, clean, simple country songs. Early Morning Breeze was a standout I had never heard before

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Really good, just not for me

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Mon May 03 2021
3

A bit country-ish for my tastes, but I love and admire Dolly Parton. She has a great voice and writes nice, wholesome, simple songs. 3 stars.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Short album, Tall tunes

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Mon May 10 2021
3

My Blue Tears" Released: June 14, 1971 "Coat of Many Colors" Released: September 27, 1971

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Beautiful uplifting country record. Title song an all-time classic; rest of them light and positive tracks backed with a great Nashville band

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Everyone loves Dolly! Title track is a winner, and the rest is classic Dolly Parton 70s country crooning. I was struck by the transition of Dolly’s mom character from the first to second song. She first is the caring mother sewing rags into love, and by the end of the next song, mom has run off with her new boyfriend. Country music😜.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

bra skiva :D stark 3a

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Great voice!

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Not my usual genre of music, but I enjoyed it.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Good stuff

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: coat of many colors, travelling man, here I am

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

I'm sure it would grow on me with repeated listens. I went back and listened to 3 songs on the back half, Early Morning Breeze & the way I see you - all brilliant. I found the songs with the most interesting stories (if I lose my mind, she never met...) to be a little dull musically.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

"That one is only poor only if they choose to be" solid 3

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Traveling Man, My Blue Tears, Here I Am, A Better Place To Live Cutting Edge: Coat of Many Colors, Early Morning Breeze Overall Notes: Good old fashioned country music. 3.5 rounded to a 3 because it's nothing I haven't heard before. Still enjoyable though. Extra points for not having any problematic themes or lyrics.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

She's obviously great and one of the more tolerable country artists, but can't say anything excited me much after Coat Of Many Colors. These albums based around big songs would all fare better if they embedded that song further down Saved: Coat Of Many Colors*

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Bueno, no mi estilo

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

not bad, plus she has huge boobs!

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Meh, schyssta pattar dock

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Sat Oct 02 2021
3

I don't like country music so much

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

I expected to hate it and didn't so i guess that's a complement.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

Pretty standard country really.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

Not my favorite genre, but you have to like Dolly Parton. Old country is so much better than new "pop" country.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

not my thing - it's fine

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Seems good

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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

Where to start with this? Dolly is my dream girl. I'd listen to her telling me that I'm a piece of shit all year and still adore her. She has very neat pubic hair. Very neat.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

i was expecting a full album of rootin tootin cowboy boots and my daddy left when i was 4 type nonsense but i was pleasantly surprised. about half of this was actually listenable. who knew Dolly Parton started life off as a young boy?

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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

Dolly Parton has a beautiful voice. Good listen, couple of good tracks with great bass lines.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Here we have Dolly Parton bringing her distinctive voice to the dominant folk country of the early 1970s. This was a pretty standard 70s folk album and is nowhere near Dolly's best but it still shows off her musical talent. Fav song: Here I Am

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

fine album, but not very spectacular for me

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Just like Dolly, short, bold and pretty giving. Too brief for a Friday album.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

It’s a whoooooole lot of country.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Country. Suave y tranquilo.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

For simpel og piget og kristen

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

not cup of my tea, ma piace sicuramente agli amanti del genere.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

gråvigt.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Very quaint. The song "Travelling Man" is really funny

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Very good

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Sat Nov 20 2021
3

Stand out bass playing on Travelling man and Early morning breeze. Very pleasant country album, albeit mainstream.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

Really fresh and funny and a little melanchonic.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Lovely

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Not such a fan of most Country Music, but the lyrics to this album are great. Dolly has always been a great human being as well.

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