Dolly Parton: Tammy Arroyo/AAF/Retna
Holly George-Warren
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

As its title implies, Halos & Horns, Dolly Parton’s latest in a string of acoustic pearls, comprises opposites: Her original subjects range from witches (”These Old Bones”) to saints (”John Daniel”), gossipy tabloids (”Shattered Image”) to pastoral wonders (”Sugar Hill”); the covers veer wildly from Bread (”If”) to Zeppelin (”Stairway to Heaven”). She pulls it off, magnificently, thanks to her spectacular trill of a soprano and earnest approach, including gospel singers and bluegrass’ finest.

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