Better Day

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As she cruises into her mid-sixties, it's comforting to know that Dolly Parton has lost none of her joy and vitality, and her 41st studio album, Better Day, released on her own Dolly Records imprint, is an energetic, spirited, and hopeful outing that rocks and soars with enough musical sunshine to light up even the grayest day. It simply crackles with joy and hope, and where in lesser hands such boundless good will might seem artificially forced and naïve, Parton pulls it off because, well, she's Dolly Parton. Lost sometimes in her status as a pop and country icon is the fact that Parton has always written good songs, and she penned all 12 here, and her longtime guitar ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As she cruises into her mid-sixties, it's comforting to know that Dolly Parton has lost none of her joy and vitality, and her 41st studio album, Better Day, released on her own Dolly Records imprint, is an energetic, spirited, and hopeful outing that rocks and soars with enough musical sunshine to light up even the grayest day. It simply crackles with joy and hope, and where in lesser hands such boundless good will might seem artificially forced and naïve, Parton pulls it off because, well, she's Dolly Parton. Lost sometimes in her status as a pop and country icon is the fact that Parton has always written good songs, and she penned all 12 here, and her longtime guitar player Kent Wells, who produced things, has given her a big and bright contemporary country sound that should garner her a good deal of radio time in a fair and equitable world. There are several gems here, including the rocking and soaring opener, "In the Meantime," the simply lovely "Somebody's Missing You," which features background vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss, and the clever title tune, "Better Day," which starts off with a spoken intro from Parton before morphing into a blues, and it is easily the most positive and hopeful blues song anyone is ever likely to hear. Parton has stated that there's enough trouble and bad news in the world these days and that she wanted to record the brightest and most hopeful album she could make, and she's done that. Better Day has the feel and tone of gospel, the rock and punch of contemporary country-pop, and it stays steadfast in its mission to add something positive to the world. She may be a senior citizen as far as the IRS is concerned, but Parton has never sounded fresher or more spirited, and with "Somebody's Missing You" in particular, she shows she still knows how to write a timeless song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Dolly Records
  • UPC: 093624956006
  • Catalog Number: 528216
  • Sales rank: 56,635

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello Electric Bass
Richard Dennison Vocals, Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Steve Hinson Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Paul Hollowell Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Jimmy Mattingly Fiddle, Mando
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Jennifer O'Brien Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Steve Turner Percussion, Drums
Bill Watson Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mando
Darrin Vincent Background Vocals
Kent Wells Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Richie Owens Harmonica
Christian Davis Background Vocals
Jamie Dailey Background Vocals
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Becky Isaacs Background Vocals
Steve Mackey Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Andy Hall Dobro
Dave Talbot Banjo
Michael Davis Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jen O'Brien Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Dolly Parton Composer, Executive Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Steve Summers Costume Design
Kent Wells Arranger, Producer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Kii Arens Art Direction
Peter Dokus Photo Assistance
Tony Smith Engineer
Patrick Murphy Engineer
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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Dolly's Still Got it!

    Dolly Parton is my idol, so of course I'm gonna get every new CD out. I really wanted to attend a concert of hers, however she tends to pick cities nowhere near me! Bummer! However, Dolly Parton has the best voice, and her songs are always so inspirational and touching. My favorites on the CD are "Just Leaving", "Holding Everything", and "The Sacrifice," even though I love all of the songs. You wont be sorry buying this CD. Whether you're a Dolly fan or not, you will love this CD.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Better Day by Dolly Parton is a better day !

    Dolly Parton's Better Day C.D. is the best of 2011 !

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    Posted June 28, 2011

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