Loretta Lynn is one of these artists, where I already know that I will fail writing her bio before even starting it. The female country superstar is just too decorated, just had too many hits, too many great albums. And she is still active. On 19th March 2021, Lynn is releasing her fourty-sixth studio album, Still Woman Enough. Here is a review.
Loretta Lynn – About The Artist
Loretta Lynn, born as Loretta Lynn, is definitely an icon of country music. Born on 14th April 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta has released 45 studio albums so far. However, her most successful years have been the 1960’s and 1970’s, when she had six #1 albums in the US Country Album charts – and several ones, which were close to that. Already her 163 debut, Loretta Lynn Sings placed second in this musical leaderboard. She married Oliver Vanetta Doolittle Lynn at the age of 15 and stayed with him until his death in 1996. Loretta Lynn won four Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Her list of other awards achieved or being nominated for feels sheer endless. Especially in her early working period, she also had a large number of number one hits in the US and Canada.
Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough – Track by Track
The 13 thirteen track album lasts 35 minutes.
1. Still Woman Enough (feat. Reba McEntire & Carrie Underwood)
Starting the 2021 album with a collaboration with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood is quite a strong statement. The title track comes with a nice traditional groove, but is not old-fashioned at all. This country feels to be young at heart – lovely song!
I’m still woman enough, still got what it takes inside
I know how to love, lose, and survive
Ain’t much I ain’t seen, I ain’t tried
Been knocked down but never out of the fight
I’m strong but I’m tender, wise but I’m tough
And let me tell you when it comes to love
I’m still woman enough
2. Keep On The Sunny Side
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life
This one is a song of for the traditional country fans. You could have played this one in a lonesome country music bar in the 1960’s already – but if Loretta Lynn is doing it, it is still a cool track in 2021.
3. Honky Tonk Girl
The steel guitar is howling, the piano man strums on the keys and the drummer will play the same shuffle the next three hours if Loretta does not tell him that there is a new song after 2:32 minutes. Honky Tonk Girl is not too modern – but do we really want to have the close-to-80-years-old Loretta in a cropped top in the Ole Red on Nashville’s Broadway surrounded by crowds at legal drinking age? Loretta Lynn does music Loretta style. And that’s just right.
4. I Don’t Feel At Home Any More
I Don’t Feel At Home Any More is a remarkable track. Loretta is singing a prayer, stating that she is ready for whatever will, based on God’s decision
The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
These two minutes definitely stay in your mind.
5. Old Kentucky Home
The Old Kentucky Home comes with a bunch of acoustic guitar chords and the fiddle here and there. Three chords and the truth – Loretta Lynn just does not need a wider arrangement so that we listen to her.
6. Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation
Coal Miner’s Daughter was one of the biggest Loretta Lynn songs of all times. The song also received the CMA Award as the Song Of the Year. This track is exactly how it is called: a bit of backing guitar and Loretta tells the lyrics again – like a storyteller. Impressive.
7. One’s On The Way (feat. Margo Price)
For this song, Loretta is joined by Margo Price. The song has a comparably wide arrangement and thus feels to be one of the most modern songs on this album. Even though the voices don’t really feel to be a good fit at first sight, I enjoy these ladies’ collaboration more the more I listen to this song.
8. I Wanna Be Free
I Wanna Be Free is a very rhythymic and comparably fast song. The instrumental parts feel very fresh and modern, so that this eighth song is definitely one of my favorites on the album.
9. Where No One Stands Alone
This song is rather slow. Where No One Stands Alone is about not wanting to be treated to queen-ish, so that you are finally isolated.
10. I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight
If you want to have a nice waltz in your country boots, what about I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight? The song might be a bit too emotional (aka schmaltzy), but I am sure threre will be country fans out there who take this one for a wedding dance – just the right speed.
11. I Saw The Light
This song is a Hank Williams cover. The song is a religious reference. A very rhythmic classic with a nice piano solo in the middle of the track.
I saw the light
I saw the light
No more darkness, no more night
Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I saw the light
12. My Love
Aloha! My Love is a lovely low-tempo song, which is taking quite some elements from Hawaiian music. I love the tunes more if they are from my friend and grammy award winner Jim Kimo West, but Loretta is an acceptable replacement.
13. You Ain’t Woman Enough (feat. Tanya Tucker)
The closing song You Ain’t Woman Enough does not only feature jiggy, but traditional country tunes. It is also a collaboration of two legendary booted ladies – Tanya Tucker is just a nice company for Loretta Lynn in here.
Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough – Spotify
Here is Still Woman Enough on Spotify:
Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough – My View
If you want to rock or if you feel like this hip hop alike verses in modern country songs, better don’t go for this album. Rather traditional country tunes are not my favorite, but I feel the sound of Still Woman Enough just perfectly suits to Loretta Lynn, who is delivering a really pretty good album. Talent does not fade with – why should it? Let’s hope that the moment, which the artist is describing as The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door will still take some time to finally happen.
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