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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

DOLLY PAR­TON Pure & Sim­ple RCA Records Nash­ville “I may not be pure, but I’m as sim­ple as they come.” There she is play­ing us again – the lit­tle in­no­cent dirt-poor coun­try girl with a wicked, know­ing grin. As a great cul­tural phe­nom­e­non Dolly Par­ton at 70 con­tin­ues to en­joy the parry and thrust of star­dom. She has al­ways flit­ted be­tween be­ing a paragon of par­ody and a model of down­home au­then­tic­ity. This dou­ble DC of a stu­dio “roots” se­lec­tion and a live record­ing of her cel­e­brated Glas­ton­bury great­est hits show dis­plays both lean­ings. The lat­ter is an add-on; the meat is in the 12 stu­dio tracks. As age dulls the chirpy fresh­ness of Par­ton’s voice, she reads songs differently, us­ing tim­ing and tone to de­liver im­pact. The ma­te­rial, how­ever, lacks real depth. There is en­ter­tain­ment aplenty, both lachry­mose and lively, but the songs are mostly safe and pre­dictable mus­ings on en­dur­ing love. dol­ly­par­ton.com JOE BREEN

There is en­ter­tain­ment aplenty, both lachry­mose and lively, but the songs are mostly safe and pre­dictable

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