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Something Special
Dolly Parton
Something Special
Genres: Country, Pop
 
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Perhaps if Dolly Parton looked more like Abraham Lincoln and less like Jayne Mansfield, she would get the same respect from critics and historians as Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Parton certainly deserves it, for her g...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Dolly Parton
Title: Something Special
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 8/22/1995
Release Date: 8/22/1995
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Today's Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646714027, 074646714041, 5099748075420

Synopsis

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Perhaps if Dolly Parton looked more like Abraham Lincoln and less like Jayne Mansfield, she would get the same respect from critics and historians as Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Parton certainly deserves it, for her gifts as a singer and a songwriter are quite similar to those of Willie and Hag--all three have at times perfected a particular regional style of country music (Parton's Appalachiana, Nelson's Texas swing, and Haggard's Bakersfield sound) until it became paradoxically universal. Parton's 1995 album, the aptly titled Something Special, is one of those rare glimpses we get at just how talented she is. The disc includes three of her best-known tunes--"I Will Always Love You," "Jolene," and "The Seeker"--from the early '70s, when she was at her songwriting peak, and supplements them with seven more recent Parton compositions in the same style. Like her older, best work, these songs boast a nongimmicky simplicity that allow her mountain background to shine through in the unadorned loveliness of her melodies and the commonsense directness of her lyrics. The album would have been even better if the producers (Steve Buckingham and Parton herself) had used fewer orchestral charts and more traditional country settings, but even the pop arrangements keep the instrumentation restrained to the background and Parton's quivering Appalachian voice out front. --Geoffrey Himes

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Rebecca B. from FRANKLIN, WV
Reviewed on 11/11/2006...
One of her greatest!
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Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Dolly's the greatest.

CD Reviews

Not her best
Jake Z | Canada | 03/30/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a more obscure release from Dolly Parton. Not her best, but there's some great gems here. On this 1995 release, she gives some of her older songs a new flair and style. Songs that were reworked include "The Seeker", "Jolene" and the classic "I Will Always Love You". Her reworking of "I Will Always Love You" is especially good, since this time it is remade as a duet with Vince Gill. The song was a mild hit with country radio, and one of her last to crack the top 20. The rest of the album is a mixed bag. "Crippled Bird" is an incredibly poetic but sad ballad. "Change" is a nice ballad that is very honest about wanting a change in a relationship. "Teach Me To Trust", the album closer, is another nice song. The rest of the songs are ok, but nothing too special really. Not an essential release from Parton by any means but the avid fan will want it."
Worth Checking Out
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Dolly's 1995 album SOMETHING SPECIAL was a album which took time to grow on me, but I appreciate it for what it is now. It's worth the price of the CD alone for "Crippled Bird", one of the most depressing songs Dolly has ever sung. On SPECIAL we get vamped up versions of past hits, which she has been known to do. This time "Jolene", "The Seeker" and "I Will Always Love You" get the treatment. They are nice versions, but especially the new version of "I Will Always Love You" which features Vince Gill. Songs like "Something Special", "Green Eyed Boy" and "Speakin of the Devil" are fun quirky songs, which are just great. Perhaps the most poignant songs come from "Crippled Bird", "Change", "No Good Way Of Saying Goodbye", and the closing "Teach Me To Trust". Overall not her best but its worth owning, give it a listen."