Picks and Pans Review: White Limozeen
updated 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Not everyone has enjoyed Parton's excursions into country pop or plain pop or whatever it is she has been dabbling in the last few years. But even those who long ago decided she is the best thing since sliced bread—and peanut butter—should find this country album an exceptional delight.
It was produced by Ricky Skaggs, one of the few musicians around who can match Parton talent for talent (and hairdo for hairdo). He also performs on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and triangle, does something described as "rhythm finger-picking," and adds a harmony vocal to "Slow Healing Heart," a Jim Rushing tune that Parton hereby establishes as a classic country song. Parton also brings off the impossibly sentimental "Yellow Roses" (which she wrote herself) and a neat he-done-her-wrong tune, "The Moon, the Stars and Me," by Wayland Patton and Diana Rae.
Parton is sounding bright and lively and keeps her wit about her on "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That," which could have dissolved into a silly piece of business, gets almost funky over Craig Nelson's opening bass line on "Take Me Back to the Country" and carries Mac Davis on a duet, "Wait Til I Get You Home" (the choice of Davis is about the only aspect of the album that might make someone ask, "Why, Ricky?"
At 43, Parton has recorded 50 albums. None of them has been better than this one, which is saying a lot. (Columbia)