13 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally intended for release in 2017, Wouldn't It Be Great was pushed back more than a year after Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke. But the lady from Butcher Hollow has overcome worse—she's survived two of her own children for starters—and now that she's back on the mend, we have a new album, her 41st (!), which pairs a set of new songs with rerecordings of six classics. The energy and clarity with which she renders “Don't Come Home a Drinkin'” and her calling card, “Coal Miner's Daughter,” belie her age (she's 86). The originals, including the honky-tonk of “Ruby's Stool” and the murder ballad “Lulie Vars,” make clear that she's lost none of her expansive range. Given the retrospective track selection, it's hard to ignore the elegiac overtones to this late-career work, but it's never dour or overly reflective. It feels, instead, like a casual, well-earned celebration of her expansive catalog.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally intended for release in 2017, Wouldn't It Be Great was pushed back more than a year after Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke. But the lady from Butcher Hollow has overcome worse—she's survived two of her own children for starters—and now that she's back on the mend, we have a new album, her 41st (!), which pairs a set of new songs with rerecordings of six classics. The energy and clarity with which she renders “Don't Come Home a Drinkin'” and her calling card, “Coal Miner's Daughter,” belie her age (she's 86). The originals, including the honky-tonk of “Ruby's Stool” and the murder ballad “Lulie Vars,” make clear that she's lost none of her expansive range. Given the retrospective track selection, it's hard to ignore the elegiac overtones to this late-career work, but it's never dour or overly reflective. It feels, instead, like a casual, well-earned celebration of her expansive catalog.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

musical reviewer ,

Well to Answer the Question, IT IS GREAT

Loretta's Amazing new album from the undisputed QUEEEN of Coutnry music! With Each Song Loretta shows more of the vulnerability and soul that made her GREAT when she started almost 60 years ago. So, WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT? YES, because that is exactly what this album is: GREAT. With everything else going on in the world.... LORETTA is still LORETTA!!!

nolan10999 ,

PURE LORETTA LYNN STUFF

This is honestly her best album i believe shes ever made she sings so perfect and the song these ole blues reminds me of her first songs she wrote back in the late 50s she sings the way she always has this album is full of honky tonk songs this is for sure a hit!!! Shes too much talent for this world!

Trais 1971 ,

Should be on top of the modern country charts

Wow. Just wow. Why just about every song on this album is not a #1 modern hit on 2018/2019 country charts I have no idea. Production, feel, songwriting, and performance...this is, I think the beat album Loretta Lynn has ever done. This may be the best showcase ever of Loretta’s legendary voice and songwriting...and she’s 86 years young!

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