12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dolly Parton is still a serious musical force on 2014’s Blue Smoke, her 42nd studio album. Her covers of Bob Dylan (“Don’t Think Twice”), the traditional “Banks of the Ohio” and Bon Jovi’s (!) “Lay Your Hands On Me” prove she’s both steeped in tradition as well as open to new challenges. The duets with Kenny Rogers on “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and Willie Nelson on “From Here To the Moon and Back” fill the nostalgic quotient of the album with true tearjerkers from each of their previous albums. “Home” is brash country pop, while the title track and “Unlikely Angel” hew to sounds of bluegrass and country without attempting anything too contemporary. “Miss You-Miss Me” is an affecting acoustic ballad that’s remarkable for just how strong and nuanced Parton’s voice is after all these years. Filling out the album with “If Had Wings,” “Lover du Jour” and “Try” tips the album nicely into country.

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dolly Parton is still a serious musical force on 2014’s Blue Smoke, her 42nd studio album. Her covers of Bob Dylan (“Don’t Think Twice”), the traditional “Banks of the Ohio” and Bon Jovi’s (!) “Lay Your Hands On Me” prove she’s both steeped in tradition as well as open to new challenges. The duets with Kenny Rogers on “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and Willie Nelson on “From Here To the Moon and Back” fill the nostalgic quotient of the album with true tearjerkers from each of their previous albums. “Home” is brash country pop, while the title track and “Unlikely Angel” hew to sounds of bluegrass and country without attempting anything too contemporary. “Miss You-Miss Me” is an affecting acoustic ballad that’s remarkable for just how strong and nuanced Parton’s voice is after all these years. Filling out the album with “If Had Wings,” “Lover du Jour” and “Try” tips the album nicely into country.

Mastered for iTunes
TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

HALOSnHORNS ,

Smokin' HOT!

Great collection of songs! Her voice appears much stronger on this album compared to her last. My favorite track is Lay your hands on me. I wish that this would have been her first single. Her version makes you want to get up and dance. Next is Home. Great song and probably the most radio friendly of the collection. This song sounds like Taylor Swift could have written and sung it herself. Lover du jour! Wonderful, clever, funny and very catchy. Would love to see a video of this one. Don't think twice and If I had wings are both great additions to the album as well. Blue smoke is a fun song. I've always enjoyed her packing up and leaving songs. I was very happy to see Unlikely angel on the album. I loved the Christmas movie and always thought she should record it. Least favorite (but still great) are Banks of the Ohio, Miss you-miss me, and Try. They felt more like filler songs than stand alone additions. 5 Stars because its a great album, because it's Dolly Parton and because she deserves it!

SeanAlex70 ,

Blue Smoke

Who don't love Dolly. This is such a great album and her voice is as beautiful as always. I am glad she has never changed her attitude or style. Love the Album is all I can say.

MarkmacdonaldOKC ,

Love Dolly!!!

Honestly, I haven't liked country music since the 80's but Dolly Parton transcends all music genres. I love her and always have. This is one of her best albums.

More By Dolly Parton

You May Also Like