Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

"Full Circle" is nearly the antithesis of its tougher predecessor, "Van Lear Rose."

Loretta Lynn Full Circle (Sony/Legacy) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Only an icon as staunchly indifferent to commercial concerns as Loretta Lynn would release arguably her finest and surely most genre-breaking work … then wait more than a decade to follow it up. Jack White’s substantial involvement in 2004’s Van Lear Rose helped Lynn cross over to a younger demographic. But, just over 10 years later, the reflective Full Circle is nearly the antithesis of its tougher predecessor. As this album’s title implies, the coal miner’s daughter returns to her beginnings, which means pure C&W and backwoods Appalachian music. That includes a few nuggets from the Carter family, traditional gems (“In the Pines”) and even spirited re-recordings of her own hits “Fist City” and “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven.” Keeping the project rootsy are her co-producers; daughter Lynn Russell and Johnny’s son John Carter Cash who maintain a firm grasp on a clean, uncluttered approach. Only the barely-there appearance of Elvis Costello on the terrific Lynn-Todd Snider co-written cautionary ballad to a recently departed ex, “Everything It Takes,” makes concessions to a younger audience. Lynn’s ubiquitous peer Willie Nelson also appears to swap vocals and harmonize on the…

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