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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:13 PM
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Jack White produced Loretta Lynn's new album
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:24 PM by BurtWorm
which gets a rave review on salon.com (subscription or day pass required):


http://www.salon.com/ent/music/review/2004/05/06/lynn/p...

Love your country
With Jack White's help, Loretta Lynn has released a country music album even godless rock 'n' rollers can embrace.

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By Stephanie Zacharek



May 6, 2004 | There are plenty of rock, country and pop-music fans who don't believe in God, and I count myself among them. What I want to know, then, is why does the album of the year often arrive just at the time one is feeling lowest? At a time when there's plenty to be depressed about in terms of our political landscape alone, it's even more miraculous that the album of 2004, Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" is a country album: Country music supposedly promotes conservative values, socially and morally if not politically. (For every Dixie Chicks out there, we also have to reckon with a Sara Evans or a Toby Keith, artists who live by the words "our country right or wrong.")

"Van Lear Rose" doesn't have a political point of view, and, as a work of art, it is within its rights not to have one. But it is, significantly, an album very much of its time. For one thing, Lynn, like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton before her, is reaching out to a new audience -- a rock 'n' roll one -- that's potentially more appreciative of great country music than many of the people who call themselves country fans are. Like many of her contemporaries, Lynn hasn't had great success on country radio in the past 20 years. But "Van Lear Rose," which was produced and arranged by the White Stripes' Jack White (he also sings and plays on several of the songs, and wrote the music for one of them), is Lynn's way of reaching across the boundaries that have constricted her.

"Van Lear Rose" is a country record, pure and proper, if you believe that country music is more a state of mind than a rigid genre. But even though the arrangements use all the instruments we're accustomed to hearing on a country record (fiddle, pedal steel guitar, dobro and banjo), many of them show an angular inventiveness that's downright startling. This is music that fits squarely within the tradition of country as it's been laid out here on the ground -- the difference is that it stretches up into space, where it's free to blossom into something both familiar-sounding and bracingly new.





PS: Hope he doesn't beat the shit out of her at some Detroit nightclub!
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:15 PM
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1. Country "Music":
Edited on Thu May-06-04 01:15 PM by PROGRESSIVE1
Booooooooooooooooooooooo!!!


:puke:


Let's demolish the Grand Ole Opry and replace it with a
Renault Dealership!

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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:15 PM
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2. Bigot!
;)
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PragMantisT Donating Member (893 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:31 PM
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10. Fascist!
Why do you hate America so much?

Go to France to buy your dam French Cars.
I bet you drive a Peugeot!

Get back to Free Republic before the sun shines on you!

:silly:

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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:35 PM
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11. Yeah!
:crazy:

(I'll bet he doesn't like America's Most Wanted, either!)
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Gothic Sponge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:16 PM
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3. ????
Am i the only one that doen't get all this hype about the White Stripes? I've heard some of their songs and i found their music blah.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:17 PM
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4. I think they're overrated, sure.
But I'm still curious about this album.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:18 PM
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5. I heard a single from the cd. It wasn't bad.
I'd have never guessed it was Loretta Lynn, but it was not a bad tune at all.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:19 PM
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7. One positive to two negatives.
The only difference is you've actually heard it. Hmmm.... :think:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:23 PM
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8. Samples from Van Lear Rose at NPR
http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_18482...

I think it sounds terrific.

Just had a thought about all these oldsters working with kids 1/4 their age. I used to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. They were always supportive of whatever direction I wanted to go in, and in fact were eager to "go there." Once you get past a certain age, I think you throw off the notions about what you "should" be and embrace what you are or would like to be.

Oldsters and youngsters have a lot in common. It's the middle ages that embrace the bland.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:18 PM
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6. Terrific record.
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PragMantisT Donating Member (893 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:27 PM
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9. Loretta Lynn and Jack White were on Letterman the other night
The song sounded very good.
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BlueStateGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:41 PM
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12. Picked it up last week. It's fantastic.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:44 PM
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13. NPR interviewed them last week
on "All things considered" Interesting interview. I'm not a country fan but some of the music sounded pretty decent. And Loretta Lynn is quite a character. Worth listening to (the interviiew that is) I'll post a link if I can find it.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:45 PM
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14. Listen to the interview here
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