At the age of 77, Dolly Parton, a country music legend, boldly releases a rock album) titled Rockstar. This opus, which deviates from her usual repertoire, reflects her desire to push the boundaries of her creativity.
The album, a mix of panache and excess, is a celebration of rock in all its forms. Dolly Parton embraces a sometimes extravagant style, reminiscent of the 80s vibe and the unrestrained spirit of that era. She proudly proclaims: “I’m a rockstar !”
This project is backed by a high-profile cast, bringing together artists such as Sting, Debbie Harry, and Elton John. Together, they revisit 28 tracks, mainly covers, thus offering a vibrant tribute to rock. Among the highlights are collaborations with John Fogerty, Steven Tyler, Miley Cyrus, and Chris Stapleton, as well as an energetic performance alongside Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
However, the album is not without flaws. Some tracks push the limits of tolerability, with covers like What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes or a firefighter’s ball version of Let it Be alongside Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, and Mick Fleetwood. Other choices, like a rendition of Stairway to Heaven with Lizzo, may seem surprising or even grotesque.
In the end, despite these wide swings, the album reflects a wild energy and unique exuberance.