May 08, 1978 12:00 PM

Stella Parton

Stella’s last name could be Kowalski and she would still be a hit. This album is thoroughly good-natured and unaffected. Parton sings with an infectious energy, even if her voice is otherwise unexceptional. The material has a pleasant variety, from Lie to Linda (which Stella co-wrote) and Four Little Letters (it’s all right; they’re l-o-v-e) to The Late Late Late Late Show, by that most unlikely sounding country composer, Shel Silverstein (who wrote A Boy Named Sue). Then there’s a homey Down to Earth where background is provided by vocalists “Daddy,” “Mommy” and someone named Dolly.

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