Party Doll and Other Favorites Mary Chapin Carpenter takes a typically offbeat approach to her hits album, mixing proven chart-toppers, live renditions, overlooked gems, and new offerings for a 17-track… Party Doll and Other Favorites Mary Chapin Carpenter takes a typically offbeat approach to her hits album, mixing proven chart-toppers, live renditions, overlooked gems, and new offerings for a 17-track… Mary Chapin Carpenter Country
Music Review

Party Doll and Other Favorites (1999)

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Details Lead Performance: Mary Chapin Carpenter; Genre: Country

Mary Chapin Carpenter takes a typically offbeat approach to her hits album, mixing proven chart-toppers, live renditions, overlooked gems, and new offerings for a 17-track set, named Party Doll and Other Favorites, after her cover of a Mick Jagger song. Of the new tunes, ''Almost Home,'' in which she takes stock of a life lived and comes up short, scores the highest at marrying lyrical introspection and rhythmic yearning, one of the benchmarks of her graceful, if circuitous, career. A

Originally posted May 28, 1999 Published in issue #487 May 28, 1999 Order article reprints