Dolly Parton | "Coat of Many Colors" (1971)

Dolly Parton is truly a great talent, She writes songs full of emotion, drama without melodrama, catchy but not cliché. She scores them to music, and then authentically interprets them as a singer. Her warbling voice and sparks of sassiness evoke rural mountain country life, poverty, lost love, heart-ache, and the strong will of a valiant southern woman.

Take away the steel guitar and twangy arrangements, and these lyrics would work from Broadway to an Opera stage, from a French café to the latest pop album.

Forget a dubious acting career and an amusement park and give this album a listen. You'll be glad you did.

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