Loretta Lynn is as legendary as legendary can be in the country realms. Her career spans six decades, with several record-breaking singles, including ‘You’re Looking At Country’ and ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, the latter being the inspiration for the 1980 Oscar-award winning film about Lynn’s life. At the age of 88, she has never stopped recording, and to this day Lynn remains an absolute trailblazer of the genre.
On her 50th album, Lynn focuses on the positives and showcases her timeless talent across a range of covers and original songs that have hallmarked her career.
There is just one new song on this collection, the title track ‘Still Woman Enough’, featuring Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. The three voices, each iconic in their own right, blend perfectly as the song deals with themes present throughout all of Lynn’s career – confidence, resilience and pride.
“Well, this here girl’s been there and done that
They called me hillbilly but I got the last laugh
Standing here today, proving in every way”
‘Keep on the Sunny Side’ is Lynn’s take on a classic Carter Family song. On this track we really get to hear some spirited optimism, and you get a real sense for her belief in the song’s message to keep the positivity. There is also a version of ‘I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight’, another Carter Family classic. The production on both these tracks bring the songs into the 21st century and showcase Lynn’s fantastic voice.
There are some other great covers here. ‘Where No One Stands Alone’, made famous by Elvis, is deeply emotional and has some luscious country instrumentation. Many will also enjoy the album’s version of ‘I Saw the Light’. This version is faster and slicker than the original – with a real groove.
However, the highlights in this collection are the collaborations. On ‘One’s On The Way’, Lynn is joined by Margo Price. The lyrics here cover the struggle of being a 70’s house-wife:
“One of them is toddling
And one is a-crawling
And one’s on the way”
Price’s feature on the song is superb and the back-and-forth gives the song a fresh feel for the modern age. This collection also features a new collaboration version of ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’, with Tanya Tucker. This is one of Lynn’s most recognised songs and the feisty nature is a perfect match Tucker’s vocals and emotive style.
Overall, this is a timeless, fantastic collection of songs, culminating in an iconic 50th album for Lynn that is well worth checking out.