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"With 'Rockstar', Dolly Parton tries to justify her induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, with an impressive number of guests and varying degrees of success depending on the covers and compositions."
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Seeing Dolly Parton appear on the pages of Music Waves for her forty-ninth album might come as a surprise. "What's the country-music legend got to do with it?" ask the classification fundamentalists. The answer is relatively simple, since it's no coincidence that this opus is called "Rockstar". After initially declining the offer, the 67-year-old artist finally agreed to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2022. However, not feeling legitimate to the honour, the American decided to justify her new status by offering a veritable collection of songs dedicated to rock.

Dolly Parton has spared no expense in doing so, with a classic version of thirty tracks, including nine new compositions and twenty-one covers, and an endless list of guests. Mick Jagger had to decline for contractual reasons, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant because of their schedules, and Bob Seger because of vocal problems. Despite these defections, it is impossible to list all the participants at the risk of causing indigestion, especially as the participation of some is relatively discreet. Sting, for example, was content to sing backing vocals on the cover of 'Every Breath You Take'. It's also surprising to note the presence of tracks and contributors such as the cover of Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass', which is more in the disco vein. As for the presence of Miley Cyrus to perform her 'Wrecking Ball' with her godmother, it could also be debatable.

As you'll have gathered, and as you'd expect from such an abundance of material, there's plenty to choose from here. But it's surprising to find that most of the tracks really worth checking out are compositions written by Dolly Parton for this event, like the eponymous track which energetically opens the festivities in the company of Richie Sambora. The bluesy power-ballad 'I Want You Back' also stands out, with Steven Tyler in fine form and Warren Haynes as indispensable as ever. 'Bygones' goes downright metal with the help of Rob Halford, Nikki Sixx and John 5, and there's a rocking 'Tried To Rock And Roll Me' with Melissa Etheridge. Finally, since it's impossible to go into too much detail here, we're disappointed by the flatness of the covers of Prince's 'Purple Rain' and Queen's legendary 'We Are The Champions'. As for the version of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' with flautist Lizzo, it's sure to help put even the most recalcitrant children to sleep as the sandman passes by.

Although uneven in quality, 'Rockstar' is nevertheless an opus worth discovering, if only because of the approach it represents. Indeed, taking the risk of venturing into artistic territory that is not one's own deserves respect from an artist whose career did not necessarily require it. 
- Official website

01. Rockstar (feat. Richie Sambora) - 4:36
02. World On Fire - 4:21
03. Every Breath You Take (feat. Sting) - 4:22
04. Open Arms (feat. Steve Perry) - 3:16
05. Magic Man (carl Version)(feat. Ann Wilson & Howard Leese) - 5:02
06. Long As I Can See The Light (feat. John Fogerty) - 4:11
07. Either Or (feat. Kid Rock) - 4:20
08. I Want You Back (feat. Steven Tyler & Warren Haynes) - 5:03
09. What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You (feat. Stevie Nicks & Waddy Wachtel) - 5:01
10. Purple Rain - 7:51
11. Baby, I Love Your Way (feat. Peter Frampton) - 4:58
12. I Hate Myself For Loving You (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) - 4:07
13. Night Moves (feat. Chris Stapelton) - 5:39
14. Wrecking Ball (feat. Miley Cyrus) - 3:55
15. (i Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile) - 3:53
16. Keep On Loving You (feat. Kevin Cronin) - 3:26
17. Heart Of Glass (feat. Debbie Harry) - 3:41
18. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (feat. Elton John) - 5:42
19. Tried To Rock And Roll Me (feat. Melissa Etheridge) - 3:49
20. Stairway To Heaven (feat. Lizzo) - 7:48
21. We Are The Champions/we Will Rock You - 3:51
22. Bygones (feat. Rob Halford, Nikki Sixx & John 5) - 3:59
23. My Blue Tears (feat. Simon Le Bon) - 4:03
24. What’s Up? (feat. Linda Perry) - 4:38
25. You’re No Good (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow) - 3:14
26. Heartbreaker (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo) - 3:39
27. Bittersweet (feat. Michael Mcdonald) - 4:03
28. I Dreamed About Elvis (feat. Ronnie Mcdowell & The Jordanaires) - 3:38
29. Let It Be (feat. Paul Mccartney, Ringo Starr,peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood) - 4:27
30. Free Bird (feat. Lynyrd Skynyrd & Artimus Pyle Band) - 10:45

Adam Shoenfeld: Guitares
Dane Bryant: Claviers
Derek Wells: Guitares
Dolly Parton: Chant
Gary Lunn: Basse
Jerry McPherson: Guitares
Jerry Roe: Batterie
Jimmy Lee Sloas: Basse
Jimmy Mattingly: Violon Et Violoncelle
Kent Wells: Guitares
Mark Douthit: Saxophone
Mike Rojas: Claviers
Miles Mcpherson: Batterie
Nir Zidkyahu: Batterie
Rob Arthur: Claviers
Rob Mcnelley: Guitares
Shane Fogerty: Guitares
Steve Mackey: Basse
Ann Wilson: Chant / Invité
Artimus Pyle: Batterie / Invité
Brandi Carlile: Chant / Invité
Chris Stapleton: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Debbie Harry: Chant / Invité
Elton John: Chant / Invité
Emmylou Harris: Chant / Invité
Gary Rossington: Guitares / Invité
Howard Leese: Guitares / Invité
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Batterie / Invité
John 5: Guitares / Invité
John Fogerty: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Kevin Cronin: Chant / Invité
Kid Rock: Chant / Invité
Linda Perry: Chant / Invité
Lizzo: Invité / Flûte
Melissa Etheridge: Chant / Invité
Michael McDonald : Chant / Claviers / Invité
Mick Fleetwood: Batterie / Invité
Miley Cyrus: Chant / Invité
Neil Giraldo: Guitares / Invité
Nikki Sixx: Basse / Invité
P!nk: Chant / Invité
Pat Benatar: Chant / Invité
Paul McCartney: Chant / Basse / Invité
Peter Frampton: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Richie Sambora: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Ringo Starr: Batterie / Invité
Rob Halford: Chant / Invité
Ronnie Van Zant: Chant / Invité
Sheryl Crow: Chant / Invité
Simon Le Bon: Chant / Invité
Steve Perry: Chant / Invité
Steven Tyler: Chant / Invité
Stevie Nicks: Chant / Invité
Sting: Chant / Invité
The Jordanaires: Invité / Choeurs
Warren Haynes: Chant / Guitares / Invité
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