Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. She pulls it off, magnificently, thanks to her spectacular trill of a soprano and earnest approach.
  2. It'll charm the chaps off both diehards and the folks who've discovered these backwoods sounds because of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
  3. This is a showcase of a hugely important American artist at full power.
  4. Parton's risks here bring great, unexpected pleasures.
  5. 80
    Fans of both Parton and refreshing acoustic roots music should find the album unambiguously divine.
  6. A pretty strong, spiritually-themed album.
  7. 70
    She's still producing songs that stand comparison with those past and purloined classics. [Aug 2002, p.106]
  8. Halos & Horns doesn't so much rehash bygone eras as showcase Parton's skills as an interpreter -- especially of herself.
  9. The problem is, Parton seems hesitant to just go ahead and continue to make the kinds of albums that will attract hardcore folk and roots enthusiasts, instead tempering her material with apparent attempts to hold appeal to a wider audience. So, at best, the final results are a bit mixed.
  10. Halos & Horns has Dolly reaching fever pitch with Hello God and, with Not For Me, singing as beautifully as she has ever done. [Aug 2002, p.131]
  11. 60
    She spices mountain purism with rich instrumental and vocal harmony. [#9, p.153]
  12. Stirring, unpretentious yet powerful, Halos & Horns effectively continues Parton's glorifying of her mountain roots.
  13. 60
    Some of her best singing in years. [Sep 2002, p.114]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. ChadS
    Jul 7, 2005
    8
    Maybe its because the last record I listened to was Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs", but "Horns and Halos" sounds pretty wonderful. I Maybe its because the last record I listened to was Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs", but "Horns and Halos" sounds pretty wonderful. I think people forget that Parton is a songwriter. The strongest impression she made on me, before this album, was her performance of "Jingle Bells" with Paul Schafer and The Late Show Band on Letterman. My favorites are "Not For Me" and "Hello, God", and especially "Raven Dove", one of the better peacenik songs I've heard in some time. To my surprise, Parton does a more successful job reinterpreting Page/Plant than Bread. "If" sounds pretty awful when the banjos kick in. "Stairway to Heaven" works wonderfully. Full Review »
  2. WayneA.
    Nov 21, 2002
    10
    Simply amazing! I was blown away by the depth of the writing and the enticing sound that almost forces one to listen like the siren song of myth.
  3. MichaelD.
    Oct 11, 2002
    9
    I was comforted by the purity of Dolly's voice. I have always enjoyed her music but her ability to bring the true sounds of Bluegrass to I was comforted by the purity of Dolly's voice. I have always enjoyed her music but her ability to bring the true sounds of Bluegrass to a new generation of listeners is very inspiring Full Review »