Full Circle

Full Circle

by Loretta LynnLoretta Lynn


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Full Circle is no accidental title for this, Loretta Lynn's first album after a 12-year break. Released as Lynn approaches her 83rd birthday, Full Circle not only deliberately returns the country legend to her Kentucky roots, it's constructed as a summation of her life. It opens with the first song she ever wrote -- a lovelorn waltz called "Whispering Sea" -- and runs through old folk tunes she sang as a child, revisits hits she had in her prime, and adds new tunes to her repertoire, all the while acknowledging that she's closer to the end of her life than the beginning. It's a weighty concept directed by co-producers John Carter Cash and Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Reynolds, two scions of country royalty keenly aware of the nuances of legacy and tradition. Cash and Reynolds began recording Lynn back in 2007, stockpiling hundreds of songs in the ensuing eight years. Full Circle is culled from those sessions, and while there certainly must be many equally compelling tunes lying in the vaults, the album benefits from its canny construction, touching upon so many aspects of Lynn's multi-faceted art without lingering on any single part. One of the record's attributes is its clean, simple sound. Spare but never skeletal, the record feels intimate but never haunted; it feels as if Lynn is playing songs for old friends in her living room, relying on beloved tunes and well-told stories. If there's possibly a slight contrivance in the reliance on songs about death -- good as they are, "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" and "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" put perhaps too fine a point upon her eventual passing -- these clear-eyed ruminations never feel ghoulish due to that straight-ahead sound. As produced by her daughter and family friend, Lynn is in good, trusting hands who wish to present her at her best and, more or less, that's precisely what Full Circle offers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751689626
catalogNumber: 516896
Rank: 168258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loretta Lynn   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Pat McLaughlin   Mandolin
Ronnie Bowman   Background Vocals
Shawn Camp   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Dennis Crouch   Bass,Upright Bass
Tony Harrell   Piano
Jamie Hartford   Electric Guitar
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Will Smith   Autoharp
Mark Fain   Upright Bass
Rick Lonow   Drums
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Laura Weber   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Background Vocals
Laura Cash   Acoustic Guitar
John Randall   Background Vocals
Mike Bubb   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

T. Graham Brown   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Mark James   Composer
Todd Snider   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ted Hewitt   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jack Taylor   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Bruce Burch   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Mark Marchetti   Composer
John Carter Cash   Producer,Liner Notes
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Lola Jean Dillon   Composer
Patsy Lynn Russell   Producer
Bob Musel   Composer

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