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Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton



Published October 23, 2003.VariousJust Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton(Sugar Hill) It’s easy to be scared off by a disc that boasts Dolly Parton covers by both Melissa Etheridge and Me’Shell N’Degeocello. Yet as a tribute to the 35th anniversary of Dolly’s first solo outing, Just Because I’m a Woman does quite well. Unfortunately most of the public has been blinded by Dolly’s pop icon status and haven’t noticed that aside from being a singer, she is also an accomplished songwriter. Such songs as “Coat of Many Colors” (Shania Twain backed by Alison Krauss & Union Station), “Dagger Through the Heart” (Sinead O’ Conner) and “I Will Always Love You” (Etheridge) are country classics. Boasting other talent such as Kasey Chambers, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones, this disc—if nothing else—will open eyes to the wonder of Dolly Parton, the songwriter. —Trevor MacLare

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