Stella Parton

Country Sweet

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Stella Parton will always be known as the younger sister of Dolly Parton, but she has songwriting talent and a voice that is similar to, but distinct from, her more famous sibling. Country Sweet, one of a few albums she released on Elektra in the mid-'70s, contains two of her biggest hits: "Standard Lie Number One" and the slick Shel Silverstein co-composition "The Danger of a Stranger," which verges on country-disco. Parton's own songs are more down to earth, with the best of the bunch being the haunting "The More the Change." A handful of good songs by name songwriters and a cover of the old Burl Ives classic "A Little Bitty Tear" round out an appealing album that is, in places, even better than the hit singles it generated.

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