Better Day Parton is that rare singer who can make optimism seem like a viable philosophy. When country music goes upbeat, it often traffics in cornball novelty… Better Day Parton is that rare singer who can make optimism seem like a viable philosophy. When country music goes upbeat, it often traffics in cornball novelty… 2011-06-28 Dolly Parton Country Dolly Records
Music Review

Better Day (2011)

Dolly Parton | UPBEAT & DOWN-HOME Parton's latest provides much-need optimism in tough economic times
UPBEAT & DOWN-HOME Parton's latest provides much-need optimism in tough economic times
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 28, 2011; Lead Performance: Dolly Parton; Genre: Country; Production: Dolly Records

Parton is that rare singer who can make optimism seem like a viable philosophy. When country music goes upbeat, it often traffics in cornball novelty tunes, but Dolly plays her album full of love 'n' hope with straight-up sincerity. In the midst of hard economic times, the positive anthems that fill Better Day — all new material, no covers — come off as brilliant strategy, with some equally brilliant vocal performances. A-

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Originally posted Jun 22, 2011 Published in issue #1161 Jul 01, 2011 Order article reprints
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