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Trio

Dolly Parton

Linda Ronstadt

Emmylou Harris

1987

Trio

Album Summary

Trio is a collaborative album by American singers Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. It was released on March 2, 1987, by Warner Bros. Records. The album has platinum certification in the US for sales of one million copies, and has total worldwide sales of approximately four million. Longtime friends and admirers of one another, Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt first attempted to record an album together in the mid-1970s, but scheduling conflicts and other difficulties (including the fact that the three women all recorded for different record labels) prevented its release. Some of the fruits of those aborted 1970s recording sessions did make it onto the women's respective solo albums. Finally, a collaboration effort came to fruition, being produced by George Massenburg. When Trio was released in March 1987, it spawned four hit singles–including a remake of Phil Spector's 1958 hit by the Teddy Bears, "To Know Him Is to Love Him".

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Rating

3.06

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4613

Genres

  • Country
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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Before The Avengers, before the A-Team, before Charlie's Angels, there was The Trio. I'm a simple man, I see a Dolly I give her 5 stars.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Good apart from telling me lies (extremely 80s)

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Country harmonies at their best

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

LOVE THIS ALBUM

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Country in its sunday finest, with quite a few choice performances. it's really good but it didn't linger in my mind for too long

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Could be subtitled "Men Are Bastards" (except JC, he's cool). This is a beautiful joining of three amazing voices, a trio of country/pop perfection

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Thu Sep 01 2022
1

too much country.. struggled to listen to all of this!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

To know him is to love him é bem gostosinha

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Una belleza de álbum en todos los niveles. Sin duda es El Trío. La unión de sus voces es un regalo.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Three of the greatest!

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Entrancing voice of a good-souled woman.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Simpel maar mooi

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

An enjoyable set of legends! I think they shine a little stronger solo, but really good work regardless.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

The crossover we didn't knew we needed between three of the best female country singers. This album is pure magic, every song is a banger and both the voices and the instrumentation are beautiful.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

What a great album. Nothing revolutionary in terms of country but it's just so easy listening and enjoyable. Their three voices just combine perfectly

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

What an incredible combination. These 3 were destined to sing and harmonize together. GOATs of country pop. Beautiful songs, perfect production, great run time, I enjoyed this thoroughly.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Heck yeah. Trio is just magic. The combination of voices (personally, I'm especially partial to Emmylou Harris, but you can't fault Dolly or Linda) is better than any of them alone. To Know Him is to Love Him is an absolute stand out. Yes, some of the songs are a bit corny, and many of them have been overplayed. It's an 80s country album with 80s overdone production (and seriously, Emmylou, what were you thinking with that HAIR?), but this is ICONIC. Smashing good album.

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

Un autre album country cette semaine mais celui-ci merite vraiment son 5. Un excellent album par 3 super chanteuse

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

This is the country that I like

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

enjoyed

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Turns out I like dolly and country. Prefer the jingle jangles to the ballads but I got played a lot extra so not sure what's on album

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

4.2 - Really, what’s not to like? Three songstresses still at their vocal primes come together to sing plaintive country gospel songs of love and loss. Yes, it’s earnest, sometimes excessively so as on “I’ve Had Enough”, but the power of the arrangements and performances backs up all that emotion to make this record authentic and compelling.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Such a great collaboration

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Nothing to complain about here, 3 peak performers in their genre and they sing very well together. I don’t want these kinds of songs all day everyday but this was a well composed selection.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

okay so, I honestly REALLY love Dolly Parton she’s a gem and a half, just an incredible person in general, I really do love her but her music just isn’t really for me I love the more western side of music like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson but I’m having a harder time with country stuff I can still appreciate the effort that went into it, and hey, some of it actually sounded pretty great in my ears, this album sounds like an 8/10 but Dolly Parton herself is far greater than such ratings :)

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Great harmonies

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Probably the greatest country collaboration that will ever happen.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

It's a shame we only got one of these. Best track: The Pain of Loving You

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Their voices blend beautifully and the tunes aren’t half bad. A lovely little jaunt this was.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

I was completely unprepared to see this album here and suprised that there were such crazy country unions. The atmospere that album creates is for the calme morning with cup of coffee and someone you love. Despite all the ablazing and heartbreaking voices(especially Dolly Parton's one) i liked only a few songs that really stucked in my mind and made me reflect for a while. The overall sound is not for the permanent listening(pretty boring). But I couldn't give it 3 or even less just because music is very mild and cosy. So 4

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

You know, from the chipper happy picture of the three of them on the cover, you'd never know how sad and lonesome they all are. And of course they are definitely lonesome, not lonely. Country folks don't get lonely, they only get lonesome. This is one thing about classic country I've learned. The other thing I've learned is that country folks are all about projecting a glamorous and happy getup, but there is pain in them there hills, big heavy pain. These three ladies are at the ends of their careers, but the music sounds classic as ever. Beautiful, sad, lonesome music! I swear these ladies could kick the Dixie Chicks' asses. I'm sorry ya'll had to get old, but I understand. More than ever.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

What lovely country music, the rhythm of this album brings me happiness.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Great album. The harmonies from the three women are beautiful.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
4

DolLiLou och Ry Cooder och David Lindley och Albert Lee och det horribla countryåret 1987. Tusan.

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

not completely a 4 but enjoyed more than 3

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Wed Jan 04 2023
4

Very pleasant, 3 great singers and some good songs

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Thu Jan 12 2023
4

An enjoyable listen.

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Wed Jan 18 2023
4

Loved this. Timeless country blues.

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Sun Jan 22 2023
4

This album made a 50 minute drive in the snow go from unbearable to just excruciating which is honestly a pretty big feat. I couldn’t imagine a comparable album today where the three biggest artists of a genre got together to make a banger filled album. Closest thing after this was probably traveling wilburys

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

I like me a bit of bluegrass and love these harmonies.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

7/10. Lotta big names, didn't really come together as an album all that well for me though.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

7/10 fantastic vocal harmonies and performances all around. idk why but I’m not usually a big fan of super groups , and some of these tracks I just didn’t care for

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

You put three legends in a room together and they just happen to make an excellent album.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Some good ol country but didn't love all of them.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Nous avons déjà à de multiples reprises exprimé notre mécontentement à l'égard de la musique country, ce n'est certainement pas en triplant la dose de pétasses américaines que nous allons changer notre fusil d'épaule.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

La country est un genre de musique totalement inefficace et sans effet dans les oreilles de n'importe quel ressortissant européen, et ce n'est pas ces trois greluches pleines de bonne volonté qui y changera quelque chose.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I like the idea of this style of country existing into in the late 80s - from my limited knowledge I feel like it may have been a throwback, and that's cool - but the three harmonies started to get a bit sickly sweet towards the end. It relied too heavily on them and at 40min without any real variety that was a bit much. Still an easy 3/5 though - nice concept and pleasant enough tunes.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Sweet and catchy 80s country. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't listen again.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Trying hard to like Dolly Parton, I dk if this is the intro album though

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

The trio has strong voices and a good sense of harmony, but a lot of the tracks blend together. I'm also not huge on country, even if I respect the craft and absolutely adore Dolly Parton as a person. I probably won't be coming back to this one.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Okay first off it’s Dolly so i’m excited

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Sat Aug 27 2022
3

Good country, good stories Hobo's meditation was good

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

Very cowgirl jams/western lady vibes. It’s not normally my thing, but I didn’t hate it.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

A bit unfair to list this as a Dolly Parton record - by name alone it's a Trio of Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris. The sound is a perfect blend of all three voices and only the occasional track is Dolly-heavy.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
3

A fan of Dolly and a few of her songs, but this album was just okay. Great harmonies, but overstays its welcome.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

It's all trash, but this list somehow pulls the most tolerable country albums out there. Damn. Hard to hate such calming folk music, with some pieces appealing to 80s adult contemporary audiences. 3 singers in under 40 minutes so you don't get too tired of it by the time its over. Enjoyed the harmonious vocals. Doesn't try to be loud or obnoxious. I wouldn't consider any of these tracks to be essential or even interesting, but it's coherent pleasurable. I had actually heard "Wildflowers" before. Favorites: To Know Him is to Love Him, Hobo's Meditation

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Ok, just to know

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

This was all a bit samey, didn't really do much for me. I saw another reviewer label this as "country gospel" and that rings kinda true - most of the songs have the rhythm and feel of church hymns, and as I'm a product of Church of England, that means plodding slowness and not enough variation to be interesting... Fave track - "Making Plans", maybe, or "Those Memories of You". It's all much of a muchness though...

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

At last, a country music supergroup album. Y'know, there are times when the beautiful harmonies and simple guitar chord progressions of old-school country songs really hit the spot. These times usually only last 15-20 minutes though and then I get a bit bored.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Listened Before? N Well, this is some 80's country if I've ever heard any! But, this album is exploding with talent. These three were all big names of their day, and their collaboration comes off extremely well! Dolly, of course, is the standout here, but the other two lend their voices to the album beautifully. I loved this, especially the more upbeat songs. That said: that's what the album is missing. More upbeat numbers. The Pistol Annies did the three-female collaboration better, years later. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Those Memories of You

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Sat Sep 17 2022
3

Only really liked the songs where Dolly was the lead singer. What can I say, I love Dolly, I don’t like county.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Solid country classics. Not my jam, but very listenable.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
3

The Pain of Loving You - kicsit country ABBA vibeja van, nem minden esetben hallgatnám de tényleg egész jó 10/8 Making Plans - ez is country Összességében nem olyan rossz most biztos végig nem hallgatom az egészet Egy fokkal jobb mint az előző de nem az én vibeom még mindig

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

Too much twang for my taste, but it has some really nice songs.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

m-a luat puțin somnul și erau cam multe backing vocals la un moment dat dar destul de ok în rest 3/5

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

3 titans of their respective genres. What a mix. Maybe too slow for my taste at times but great nonetheless

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

The pain of loving you - sounds like she needs to drop this man Making plans - nice emotions in voice👍 To know him is to love him - this song doesn't do much for me Hobo's meditation- asking the important logistical questions about living arrangements in heaven Wildflowers - couldn't be me but a bop. This is a great song👍 Telling me lies- bars, men are trash👍 My dear companion and the memories of you - both reiterations of making plans but in the future I've had enough - finally She's leaving him. This is a well written song but too slow for me Rosewood casket - meh Farther along - this doesn't work it you don't believe in God Very nice harmonies, pleasant album 3/5

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Sat Oct 01 2022
3

I got a sick feeling when refreshing my screen and seeing this as the album for the day. It makes me feel like I'm in some shitty buffet outside of Nashville with grandma. Im scooping potatos next to a fat lady wearing a dress with a vest and all I can think about is the sweet release of death. I did my duty in listening and while my initial assessment was a bit over blown I still picture my self at a buffet.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

This is an old one my parents played often.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
3

Very nice

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Tue Oct 11 2022
3

I need to listen to more Dolly

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Sat Oct 15 2022
3

6,5/10

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

3.75

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Great collaborative album from three iconic artists, the harmonies on these somewhat simple and stripped down country songs are phenomenal.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

onpas nyt sydän rikki! kaksi ekaa biisiä ovat oikein hyviä, ja loppujenkin stemmat liikuttavat. keskittyminen tosin herpaantuu välillä, ovat niin perusbiisejä lajissaan.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Some fun hear, but wish they'd made it in the 70s rather than 80s

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Tue Nov 08 2022
3

Helaas, fan van alle drie de dames maar samen was het wat te zoetsappig. Jammer

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Solid old country, loved the way the three of them sound when singing together. Will have to dive more into Dolly Parton.

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Sat Dec 17 2022
3

You can feel the heart in these songs. This is good country.

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Mon Dec 19 2022
3

I enter this hesitantly. Country + 80's... FEAR. Nice voices so far. Not overly punishingly 80's thus far. Somewhat boring but not really offensive. Heading for a 3 here.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
3

Alla som kritiserar Dolly Parton får med mig att göra. Dock är denna skivan inte det mest fantastiska som gjorts.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
3

Hade jag gillat det så hade jag tyckt om det jättemycket.

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Fri Dec 30 2022
3

Not bad at all! Great country harmonies from three titans of the industry. I think we've had an album from Dolly and Emmylou so far, nothing from Linda yet. Nothing too crazy but a solid project to be sure. Gets me in the country dancing sort of mood. Favorite tracks: The Pain of Loving You, Hobo's Meditation, My Dear Companion. Album art: A picture of the trio, fitting, but the framing and font around this thing really sells it. As far as band photos go, this one is way up there! Love the western backdrop as well. 3.5/5

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Fri Dec 30 2022
3

Just a trio of country gals hymning and singing away on the prairie. I loved their voices even when the songs themselves felt old and antiquated. Like the same way I love old Christmas songs. No keepers, but overall really enjoyed.

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Wed Jan 04 2023
3

well written and sung album, almost like keening poetry at times. I've not heard projects from this trio in their capacity - but it looks like they were a force to behold in the days of yore, and I feel this was a solid introduction for all three!

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Fri Jan 27 2023
3

It's country. It's ok, I can't say anything bad about the singers and the songs, but overall it's an album that I will not listen to again.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
3

It’s a good album. A little slow and very country but dolly has a very good voice.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
3

Love Dolly!

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Thu Feb 02 2023
3

It’s fine. 6/10

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Fri Feb 03 2023
3

It's three greats being great together, but as often is the case with these things it never exceeds the sum of its parts. Hobo's Meditation is the exception to this - it's ace!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

A bit bland so far. The harmonies are, without doubt, beautiful, but it is just the songs themselves just don't do it for me. An uninspiring cover of To Know Him and I've Had Enough is just dull and passionless. Honourable exceptions - Those Memories of You, Farther Along

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Twangy country gals. Nah bro.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

2.5. It's good, but not really my thing

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Meh

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

Three titans. Harmony. Pitch perfect times over slide guitars. Country in pure form. Unfortunately that comes with the down sides. Hymns of the patriarchy. Is she singing about loving Jesus or her husband? Is her husband God? Purposeful distortion that tastes sweet but is poison to anyone celebrating these titans.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
2

It might be really good country music, but it's still country music.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
2

Or the greatest dolly.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Good singers, but too country for me.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

Vraiment pas pour moi. J’ai tout de même bien apprécié l’orchestration de I’ve had enough. Aussi, je reconnais que le style à sa façon de raconter des histoires simple de la vie de tous les jours des gens d’un coin de pays.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

okay.

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