Donna Fargo

On the Move

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Donna Fargo was literally On the Move in 1976, from her previous label ABC/Dot to Warner Bros., where she made this, her sixth album. She got off to a rocky start when the first two singles for her new label, "Mr. Doodles" and "I've Loved You All of the Way," just cracked the Top 20 while a competing ABC/Dot leftover sailed into the Top Three. Fargo always had a bubblegum streak, and "Mr. Doodles" reveals that tendency by marrying a straightforward song about long-distance romance to a pair of characters named Mr. & Mrs. Doodles. "I've Loved You All of the Way" is a pure country ballad, delivered in Fargo's raspy Dolly Parton-meets-Joan Rivers voice. As usual, Fargo wrote the bulk of the songs for On the Move herself, but the two exceptions are interesting; both the funky "Southern Lady" and the bombastic "Country Girl" seem aimed at reinforcing Fargo's identity as a country artist. On the Move is a fair album, but the caliber of songwriting is not up to Fargo's usual standards.

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