Dolly Parton

Super Hits, Vol. 2

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The mere fact that Dolly Parton merits a SUPER HITS II is a testament to the staying power of her music and the prolific nature of her gift. Most artists are lucky if they can fill up one such collection; with Dolly two volumes barely begins to tell the story. The advantage here is that the most obvious cuts have been covered on the previous volume, allowing for a song selection that ventures further afield.

The high-gloss pop productions of "Real Love" and "Starting Over Again" showcase Parton's ability to cross over seamlessly from country to the mainstream. Despite her uncanny, sparkling voice, Parton's ace in the hole has always been her songwriting, a fact borne out by the stripped-down, acoustic-based "The Bargain Store" and the classic "Coat of Many Colors," which stand out as the strongest songs on this album of favorites by a pop-country giant.

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