Halos & Horns
First Appeared at The Music Box, August 2002, Volume 9, #8
Written by John Metzger
Dolly Partonís latest release Halos & Horns embraces the themes that have pervaded her work for the past 39 years. Lyrics about good and evil, religion and spirituality, and love and heartache tug at the duality that the title suggests. And, each is given similar roots-oriented treatment as those on her other recent releases Little Sparrow and The Grass is Blue.
Perhaps, the biggest difference between Halos & Horns and her other mountain music endeavors is the infusion of a little more gospel into her bluegrass soul. Even Led Zeppelinís Stairway to Heaven ó another in an ever increasing line of Partonís surprising song choices ó is fitted with a choir and new lyrics that turn it into an anti-materialistic rant. Too bad she canít save Breadís If ó a song that would have been better off left buried in the forgotten catacombs of pop music history. The remainder of Halos & Horns ó all originals ó lies somewhere in between. In other words, itís sometimes resplendent, sometimes flavorless, but inevitably palatable and pleasing.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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