Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough (2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 35:09 minutes | 425 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

The American music icon’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family (via her cover of “Keep On The Sunny Side”) through a new interpretation of her very first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” Loretta Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music with a special collaboration with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood (“Still Woman Enough”), and duets with Margo Price (“One’s On The Way”) and Tanya Tucker (“You Ain’t Woman Enough”), sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary country music. The album premieres 13 new Loretta Lynn recordings, intimate and electrifying performances of a career-spanning selection of songs illuminating different aspects of her repertoire. The collection is centred around Loretta’s original compositions – from new songs like “Still Woman Enough” (which shares its title and attitude with her 2002 autobiography and was cowritten with her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell) through fresh interpretations of classics including “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” (her first single, originally released March 1960), “You Ain’t Woman Enough” (the title track for her first #1 Billboard Hot Country Album in 1966), “My Love” (from 1968’s Here’s Loretta Lynn), “I Wanna Be Free” (1971) and a deeply emotional “Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of her signature song (October 5, 1970) and album (January 4, 1971).

At age 88, Loretta Lynn has released her 50th solo studio album, marking the momentous occasion by re-recording a bunch of her hit songs along with some other treats mixed in. For the most part, this isn’t like when Johnny Cash made American Recordings late in life and you felt the shadow of death. Lynn, who bounced back from a stroke suffered in 2017, sounds spritely on tracks like “I Wanna Be Free” (a lesser known, but worthy cut from 1971) and “Honky Tonk Girl” (originally from 1960). “I Saw the Light,” the Hank Williams classic, positively pops, like she’s onstage at a rollicking tent revival. The singer can still totally hold her own against two of country music’s modern-day powerhouse voices, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, on the title track—a new “I’m still here” declaration co-written with her daughter-in-law Patsy Lynn Russell, who co-produced the record along with John Carter Cash (son of Johnny and June). And despite these being re-recordings, no modern concessions were made or needed. Lynn is revered in country music not just for her longevity or true-blue country roots. A god-fearing mother of six, she broke boundaries in the 1970s by singing about what women really thought—even if they weren’t comfortable enough to say it in public themselves. You won’t find game-changers “The Pill” or “Rated X” here. But Lynn is joined by firebrand Margo Price on “One’s on the Way,” a comical song with lyrics by Shel Silverstein about being saddled with kids in the heartland while Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy—onetime contemporaries the singer has now outlasted—are living it up. Lynn sounds as cheeky as ever, yelping “Get away from there!” (Actually, here’s the record’s one modern concession: A line about a kid needing a “spankin’” has been scrubbed.) There are two moments when Lynn seems to be acutely addressing what time she has left. She first recorded the gospel ballad “Where No One Stands Alone” in 1965, but it’s different hearing her pleading for salvation today: “In the darkness as black as the sea/ And my heart was afraid and I cried, oh Lord.” And a spoken version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter”—the life-story 1970 track that has become her signature—is a heartstopper. Accompanied only by lonesome banjo pickin’, the words take on new meaning with age, as she recites, “I never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler/ Well a lot of things have changed since a way back then/ And it’s so good to be back home again/ Not much left but the floor, nothing lives here anymore/ Except the memory of a coal miner’s daughter.” But by the end of the record, Lynn is back to her lively old self, duetting with Tanya Tucker on a glorious version of “You Ain’t Woman Enough.” – Shelly Ridenour

Tracklist:
1. Still Woman Enough (feat. Reba McEntire & Carrie Underwood) (03:37)
2. Keep On The Sunny Side (02:55)
3. Honky Tonk Girl (02:32)
4. I Don’t Feel At Home Anymore (02:03)
5. Old Kentucky Home (02:27)
6. Coal Miner’s Daughter (Recitation) (02:07)
7. One’s On The Way (feat. Margo Price) (02:41)
8. I Wanna Be Free (02:15)
9. Where No One Stands Alone (02:47)
10. I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight (03:38)
11. I Saw The Light (03:06)
12. My Love (02:44)
13. You Ain’t Woman Enough (feat. Tanya Tucker) (02:17)

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