Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton These two tributes rely on conceptual gimmickry -- the Louvins' homage is strictly duets; Dolly's, just womenfolk -- with mutually sterling results. Teaming legends ranging… Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton These two tributes rely on conceptual gimmickry -- the Louvins' homage is strictly duets; Dolly's, just womenfolk -- with mutually sterling results. Teaming legends ranging… 2003-10-14 Various Artists
Music Review

Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 14, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

These two tributes rely on conceptual gimmickry -- the Louvins' homage is strictly duets; Dolly's, just womenfolk -- with mutually sterling results. Teaming legends ranging from James Taylor to the late Johnny Cash, brotherly ''Lovin''' is a harmonic feast, even if spotlighting 32 lead vocals on 16 shortish tracks eventually makes the album feel like one big all-star medley. Parton's even-better paean runs the Shania-to-Sinead gamut, with only Melissa Etheridge's painful ''I Will Always Love You'' misfiring. The ''Woman''liness commences with Alison Krauss making ''9 to 5'' into startlingly funky bluegrass and ends with Meshell Ndegeocello turning ''Two Doors Down'' into actual funk.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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