Just as Will Smith will forever regret turning down the part of ‘Neo’ in ‘The Matrix,’ it will be my never-ending regret that I didn’t understand the value of my grandfather’s vinyl collection. I would have saved all of them. To be young and stupid! Dolly Parton’s record is one of those I didn’t save. I don’t even remember the album title. It could have been a “greatest hits” record as it contained songs like ‘Just Because I’m a Woman, ‘Tomorrow is Forever,’ and ‘But You Know I Love You.’ Man I’m going to hell for not saving those vinyls.
No doubt Dolly Parton knows how to make timeless music. I still love those songs even today. ‘Just Because I’m a Woman’ was first released in 1968 but it’s still relevant today. Maybe it’s just how country music is I don’t know. The self-dubbed “Backwoods Barbie” was as much a part of my childhood as Michael Jackson. Wow, Michael Jackson and childhoods in one sentence. I meant his music was a big part of my childhood. Following 2014’s ‘Blue Smoke,’ the country legend just released her 43rd solo album.
Titled ‘Pure & Simple,’ it’s Dolly Parton in her Country element. There are no frills, no overproduction; just pure and simple country music. There is no ‘I Will Always Love You’ here, but the album is pleasant just the same with tracks like ‘I’m Sixteen’ and ‘Head Over High Heels.’ The 10-track album also contains a bonus disc featuring highlights from her 2014 Glastonbury appearance. The 70-year-old, who has had over 40 Top 10 country albums, will be resuming her U.S. tour next month.
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