Little Sparrow - Dolly Parton
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  1. In wedding bluegrass with the Appalachian sound of her youth, Parton, who wrote half of the material and reprises her classic ''Down From Dover,'' repeatedly explores her favorite theme -- romantic betrayal -- and turns in a powerful performance, augmented by the best of bluegrass' hot pickers
  2. Little Sparrow contains some of the most beautiful and affecting music Parton has ever made...
  3. 90
    Dolly Parton has at last returned to her musical home and, boy, are the neighbors ever grateful. That "home," of course, is Kentucky bluegrass music and the melancholy acoustic strains of the Appalachian Mountains.
  4. Her taste in cover material is slightly idiosyncratic, but that does nothing but add luster to the program...
  5. Surrounding herself with the cream of Southern bluegrass musicians -- dobro master Jerry Douglas and guitar prodigy Bryan Sutton among them -- Parton is by turns reflective ("Little Sparrow"), playful ("Marry Me"), dolorous ("My Blue Tears"), spirited ("I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby") and spiritual ("In the Sweet By and By") on this nearly hour-long modern-bluegrass tour de force.
  6. Joined by a bevy of bluegrass talent, including Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and Alison Krauss, Little Sparrow is a richly wrought, beautifully performed labor of love for Parton.
  7. 70
    This of course is the power of mountain music, the weight it gives to simple instruments and simple folk, and for all of Parton's talents, singing in this medium may very well be her best.

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  1. PatG.
    Aug 20, 2001
    10
    As a longtime fan of Dolly, followed her from country to pop back to country and now to this new adventure, all I can say is this is Dolly at As a longtime fan of Dolly, followed her from country to pop back to country and now to this new adventure, all I can say is this is Dolly at her absolute best. Her rendition of Collective Soul's "Shine" is amazing. She takes a pop-rock song and gives it brand new life. Check out the whole CD. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  2. KevW
    Jun 15, 2006
    10
    You don't remotely need to be a Dolly Parton fan to love this -- anyone who appreciates appalacian or Bluegrass will love this (and You don't remotely need to be a Dolly Parton fan to love this -- anyone who appreciates appalacian or Bluegrass will love this (and maybe even if you don't). This is just a really good sample of early american music with a breath of fresh air. Expand
  3. AdamN
    Oct 8, 2003
    10
    This is her best album yet. I just look forward to what comes next.
  4. EdwinH
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    This is a fantastic album from Dolly and has her at her best. The pure clean sound and haunting melodies are sure to enchant. Highly recommended. +
  5. vs
    Feb 12, 2006
    9
    a beautiful bluegrass album, sorrowful, and raw in parts, joyful and silly in others. Strongly feminist in her own right, Dolly's a beautiful bluegrass album, sorrowful, and raw in parts, joyful and silly in others. Strongly feminist in her own right, Dolly's haunting voice echos in this hymn to the different faces of love. Expand

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