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9 To 5 And Odd Jobs (Buddha, 1999)

Dolly Parton

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

Dolly Parton's search for crossover success finally came to fruition at the end of the decade with 1980's "9 To 5 And Odd Jobs." For the first time, a single release - the title track - hit the top of all three charts, driven in part by her delightful performance in the movie of the same name. There are some peculiar combinations here - "Hush-A-Bye Hard Times" opens with a quotation from Stephen Foster's "Hard Times" before kicking into a beat that synthesizes country and R&B, with vocal support throughout from bluegrass's Osborne Brothers, while the old folk song "House Of The Rising Sun" gets a pretty straight disco treatment, and Woody Guthrie's "Deportee" is turned into a pop ballad - but more often than not they work in the way they seem to have been meant to.

CDs by Dolly Parton

Pure & Simple, 2016 Blue Smoke, 2014 Better Day, 2011 Dolly: Dolly Live From London, 2009 Dolly, 2009 Backwoods Barbie, 2008


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