Van Lear Rose - Loretta Lynn
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  • Summary: It's been over 40 years since she released her first album (and four since her last, 2000's 'Still Country'), but the coal miner's daughter returns to the spotlight with this 13-track effort (all Lynn-penned originals), produced by The White Stripes' Jack White.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. It's just that damn good. [#7]
  2. 100
    The duo's collaboration on Van Lear Rose is unexpectedly gripping, a raucous slice of vintage Nashville fuelled by Lynn's down-home wisdom, twangy gee-tars and White's inspired hand at production.
  3. 100
    Some of the most gripping singing you're going to hear all year.... A brave, unrepeatable record that speaks to her whole life. [May 2004, p.123]
  4. The fact that a woman of Lynn's tenure can slide so easily into what is essentially an alt-country environment without losing any of her down-home authenticity simply underscores her versatility and timelessness.
  5. Nothing short of remarkable. [Jun 2004, p.102]
  6. The result is genuine alt-country at a time when the term has come to signify little more than middling acoustic rock.
  7. Less rehearsal, less production, and fewer layers of sound let Loretta's Lorettaness shine through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 68
  2. Negative: 4 out of 68

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