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Producer Billy Sherrill often referred to the "teardrop" in Wynette's voice, and that teardrop is in all its glory on this 1968 album. Bobby Braddock's title track became one of her two most memorable numbers (she'd follow... more »
Producer Billy Sherrill often referred to the "teardrop" in Wynette's voice, and that teardrop is in all its glory on this 1968 album. Bobby Braddock's title track became one of her two most memorable numbers (she'd follow it up with the other, "Stand By Your Man," soon after). The heart-wrenching vulnerability in her voice comes through on each of those seven letters. Other tearjerkers include Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams," her husband Don Chapel's "All Night Long," and the Beatles' "Yesterday." Some dated studio effects from the period show through--the distorted guitar on Merle Haggard's "Legend of Bonnie and Clyde," for instance--but this album remains a perfect example of her gentle countrypolitan sound. --Marc Greilsamer
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Country's First Lady Shines Bright
Charles Nagle | Clinton Twp, MI USA | 12/03/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1968 classic album was among the biggest of its year, even garnering a CMA nomination for "Album Of The Year". The album consists primarily of cover tunes, as did many country albums of that time period did. The stand-outs include a haunting version of The Beatles classic YESTERDAY, a version that holds up tight next to their original, and in many ways better. Also, a fun and carefree rendition of Glen Campbell's GENTLE ON MY MIND. Also check out KISS AWAY, LONELY STREET, COME ON HOME, and WHEN THERE'S FIRE IN YOUR HEART. Without a doubt the song that tops the list, and in many ways is better than the album's hit single and title track, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, is her version of Bobby Goldsboro's HONEY (I MISS YOU). Sung from Honey's point of view in Heaven, this song is pure magic, and is sure to bring tear to your eye, a song that should have been a single, to garner it the full attention it deserves. This album also helped Tammy to win the first of her 3 consecutive CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year awards, a feat that remained unmatched for nearly 20 years."
Retro Wynette is a Winner!
Joe Taylor | 07/25/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"DIVORCE was one of the best-selling albums of the year. The single topped the year-end lists as one of the most popular. Tammy Wynette had firmly arrived in Music City and now the "kid classic" syndrome (started with I DONT WANNA PLAY HOUSE) had begun. The selection of songs ranges from medicore (All Night Long) to haunting (Lonely Street), from a perfect fit for the Wynette-tear-in-her-voice sound (Kiss Away) to the rare 'why-did they-have-her-sing this (The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde)? Over all it is the sound of the sixties presented in a digital format for the 90's, and the sound of a young female vocalist about to release the biggest hit of her career (STAND BY YOUR MAN). It is Retro-Wynette and retro-60's. But it shouldn't be missed. Her version of Glen Campbell's GENTLE ON MY MIND far out shines his original and The Beatle's YESTERDAY is included because when Ringo Starr came to Nashville, he insisted on hearing Tammy Wynette record. He knew a! good thing when he heard it!"