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Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose
Buy! - (Interscope)
Loretta Lynn personifies the down-to-earth directness and deep rural soul of country music. She also happens to be one of the music’s finest singer-songwriters. In a bold stroke, she’s reinvigorated her career by hooking up with big fan Jack White of the White Stripes. He produced her new album, played guitar, occasional piano and percussion, and also sang backing vocals. Make no mistake though: This is Loretta’s album. She wrote every one of these magnificent songs, and many of them are Loretta at her very best, exploring a range of traditional country themes and parts of her own storied life with the fearless honesty that’s made her famous. Every song here is overflowing with Loretta’s endearingly earthy personality. The sound ranges from traditional country to some ferocious blasts of bluesy roots-rock, and at age 69, she gives some of the best singing performances of her career. It’s a truly remarkable recording that’ll be hailed as a career landmark and one of the finest albums of the year. 4/12/2004 - Don Yates