Backwoods Barbie - Dolly Parton
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Backwoods neatly plays to her storyteller strengths, even as she openly hungers for hits.
  2. Her first mainstream country album in years is an important reminder of the breadth of her singing and songwriting talents.
  3. Once again she’s the voice of rural innocence all dressed up in big-city trappings, and still coming through as herself.
  4. A solid half of the album’s songs fall into the classic country-music category of heartbreak songs, one way or another: divorce songs, cheating tales, lonely-night confessions. Yet there’s no danger that these songs on similar topics will blur together, because each takes its own approach.
  5. Backwoods Barbie might not break the bank out there, and it would take a good deal of marketing and luck for any of these tracks to hit the top of the new country charts, but it shows that Parton can still deliver the package in fine style and only the fools among us would ever count her down and out, no matter how many bluegrass albums she does.
  6. Parton victoriously retrains the focus back on the part of her chest that is truly meaningful: her heart. She also succeeds in producing a record that, after years of fine niche efforts in bluegrass and gospel, could actually make a bid for mainstream country radio airplay.
  7. The ratio of less-memorable tracks is higher than on those recent bluegrass outings, but there's enough of the Parton who is one of the greatest country writers and singers of the last half-decade to make it worth hearing.
  8. 60
    Opener, the self-referncing 'Better Get to Livin'' is cheesy and disposable even by Nashville standards. The title track, also autobiographical, is better, but like several songs suffers from '80s-style over-production. [June 2008, p.115]
  9. Yes, there's plenty of God and glitz. But the purity of that voice is still brilliantly captivating.
  10. Surprisingly agreeable return from the High Priestess of country kitsch.
  11. Too much of Backwoods Barbie, her mainstream country comeback, comes off like the overproduced twang of younger country ingénues who try to sound like Dolly Parton.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. May 1, 2014
    0
    Barbie movies , tv shows are just sick but music producers are actually selling this to american and china its bad enough asians like this .Barbie movies , tv shows are just sick but music producers are actually selling this to american and china its bad enough asians like this . Grade F. Why would anyone listen to this Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    0
    It sucks so hard that it is so bad it was horrible music to my ears!!! I've fallen into a state of deep depression becuz of dis evil, evil,It sucks so hard that it is so bad it was horrible music to my ears!!! I've fallen into a state of deep depression becuz of dis evil, evil, evil album. Do not buy!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. MikeMusicguy
    Feb 7, 2009
    7
    If you like her you've got her. Hey if anyone's got a right to visit Carrie Underwood territory its her. She's working 9-5 If you like her you've got her. Hey if anyone's got a right to visit Carrie Underwood territory its her. She's working 9-5 again, about half of this I really liked. Oddball covers of Fine Young Cannibals and Smokey Robinson I liked the stuff that harkened back to pure country like Somebodys everything but I did take Jesus and Gravity to the mp3 player. Full Review »