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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Lynn still owns the songs, but she's pleased as pie to lend them out, and they come back to her lovingly countrified even when the borrower is Hayley Williams, of Paramore and Franklin, Tennessee, who acts naturally over an acoustic guitar and should give Jack White lessons.
  2. 88
    Most songs here emphasize Lynn's signature feistiness, but Williams zeroes in on the deep heartache she's also adept at, choosing her 1976 hit "Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)," one of 16 singles Lynn took to No. 1. There's a full record of this soul-scorching facet of Lynn's music lurking somewhere, for somebody.
  3. 83
    On A Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn usual suspects like Faith Hill and Alan Jackson pay their respects to the country veteran, along with such Music City outsiders as Kid Rock (''I Know How'') and the White Stripes (''Rated X'').
  4. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    This disc highlights a collection of substantial songs every bit as relevant as they were in Loretta's heyday.
  5. 80
    This record is all over the map, showing how widespread Loretta Lynn's influence has been on the generations of performers who have followed her.
  6. Nov 9, 2010
    70
    Other Nashville all-stars-Lee Ann Womack ("I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"), Carrie Underwood ("You're Lookin' at Country"), and Reba McEntire ("If You're Not Gone Too Long")--contribute perfectly adequate performances, and Miranda Lambert plows duet partner Sheryl Crow into the ground with her saucy delivery on "Coal Miner's Daughter," which features a cameo by Miss Loretta herself. Still, most of the disc's highlights come from those outside of the country genre.
  7. Nov 9, 2010
    70
    A tribute to the toughest Nashville queen ever, this record has a steely spine.
  8. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Others paying respects are Steve Earle, Kid Rock and Lucinda Williams, though the inclusion of Lee Ann Womack and Faith Hill dilutes the overall impact. [Apr 2011, p.90]
  9. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    Gretchen Wilson's version of Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) is feisty and Lee Ann Womack is helped by having Buddy Miller on accordian and Patty Griffin on backing vocals but several of the 12 songs are pretty routine covers that add little particularly interesting.
  10. Nov 9, 2010
    60
    Despite [a] couple of dragging moments, Coal Miner's Daughter is for the most part filled with solid, respectful versions of excellent songs and serves as a worthy tribute to an enduring icon.
  11. Nov 9, 2010
    50
    Reverence, or at least too much of it, is often the death knell for tribute albums. If a legend's legacy looms too large, artists err on the side of homage instead of interpretation. That's the obvious problem with this salute to country icon Loretta Lynn, which cherry-picks from her 50-year career with an emphasis on songs she either wrote or co-wrote.

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