Dolly Parton - Rockstar (4LP/Alternate Cover/Purple Vinyl)

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Upon receiving a nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, Dolly Parton demurred, claiming that she wasn't rock & roll. The Rock Hall wound up inducting her, and she accepted the honor, deciding to deliver her first full-fledged rock album in return. Hence, Rockstar -- a star-studded double album where Dolly attempts every sound under the rock & roll sun. Parton splits her time covering (very) familiar classic rock tunes and writing made-to-order originals, only occasionally shutting the studio door so she can sing on her own. The combination of overblown renditions of songs you know by heart and cuts that feel as if they were tailored for album rock radio in 1990 does have some charms, especially because Dolly embraces the goofiness of the entire project: the album opens with a sketch of Parton "shredding" on guitar, as if it was a dangerous thing to do in 2023. Occasionally the cornball patter can be a bit much, especially on "What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You," an otherwise amiable rocker bookended with Stevie Nicks and Dolly exchanging canned barbs, but the silliness is preferable to playing it straight; the po-faced preaching of "What's Up?" falls flat. Parton proves to be a generous host at her party, yucking it up with both Ronnie McDowell and Rob Halford and crooning sweetly with Peter Frampton and Chris Stapleton alike; she even deigns to spend some time with Kid Rock. By the time Rockstar reaches "Free Bird," the party has been rolling on for two hours and is starting to feel a little tired -- it doesn't help that Parton is duetting with the ghost of Ronnie Van Zant, either -- but that doesn't erase the good spirits created by the rest of the record.

World On Fire
Every Breath You Take
Open Arms
Magic Man (Carl Version)
Long As I Can See the Light
Either Or
I Want You Back
What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You
Purple Rain
Baby, I Love Your Way
I Hate Myself For Loving You
Night Moves
Wrecking Ball
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Keep On Loving You
Heart Of Glass
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Tried To Rock And Roll Me
Stairway To Heaven
We Are The Champions
My Blue Tears
What’s Up
You’re No Good
I Dreamed About Elvis
Let It Be
Free Bird