Blue Smoke

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  • Summary: The 42nd studio release for the country singer features duets with Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson.
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  • Record Label: Sony Masterworks
  • Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Folk, Country-Pop, Traditional Country
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I've chased after rainbows I've captured one or two I've reached for the stars I've even held a few I've walked that lonesome valley Topped the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. May 19, 2014
    91
    On Blue Smoke, the country legend travels many different paths and sounds only like herself.
  2. May 13, 2014
    83
    On Blue Smoke, she handily harnesses those charms--coupled with that stellar musicality, of course--to produce an absolutely lovely LP.
  3. May 13, 2014
    83
    Finding a strong balance between art and slick, Parton continues walking a line of what people expect and her heart. She just gets better with age.
  4. 80
    Blue Smoke easily hits its mark of making us look within ourselves while laughing through our tears.
  5. May 13, 2014
    70
    Perhaps there are no permanent additions to her canon here, but the remarkable thing is how satisfying an album this is: it sounds good and the songs are sturdy, proof that Parton is far from resting on her laurels.
  6. May 16, 2014
    70
    Fans will find much to love in Blue Smoke, and while nothing here approaches "Jolene" or "Coat of Many Colors" or "Here You Come Again," songs like the title track or "Banks of the Ohio" wouldn't feel out of place on a playlist next to these classics.
  7. May 19, 2014
    70
    The country legend mainlines one greeting-card sentiment after another, singing about angels, rainbows, moons, and fishing holes with reckless abandon. But the vividness and genuine conviction in that timeless, still-powerful voice finds the humanity in all of it.

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  1. Oct 22, 2016
    10
    Blue Smoke explores the mainstream side of Parton, she experimented with the country sounds and she did it in the right way. So far, this isBlue Smoke explores the mainstream side of Parton, she experimented with the country sounds and she did it in the right way. So far, this is the best work of this singer. Expand

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