Album review: Loretta Lynn, ‘Full Circle’
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A documentary dedicated to the pride of Butcher Hollow, Ky., airs Friday on PBS, and Loretta Lynn's new album, "Full Circle," backs up the film's title: "Still a Mountain Girl." Through 13 glorious tracks spanning back-porch hootenanny sessions to countrypolitan elegance, Lynn proves that at 83 she's a national treasure who still exudes the earthiness of her rural roots. As the album title implies, the coal miner's daughter revisits early classics (including the timeless "Fist City") and connects the dots to where she is now. Along the way there are sublime covers and interpretations of traditional tunes — a soulful and poignant "Always on My Mind," a graceful take on "Secret Love," the bluegrass vibrance of "Black Jack David" — and Lynn's voice is lively throughout. The album peaks with its closing numbers: "Everything It Takes," which features Elvis Costello on harmony vocals and deft lyrics that put it in the classic pantheon, and a duet with Willie Nelson on "Lay Me Down" that finds both legends in comfortable and comforting company.
ESSENTIAL "Everything It Takes"