H, 1951: I’m not really a fan. The lyrics, tunes, singing and instrumentation all sound fairly conventional. These tracks just sound to me like they came out of the country sausage factory, mixing the usual ingredients together to produce more of the same old stuff. It’s interesting to see the progression from the early songs written by Lynn herself, to the later ones that were written by others (even including one hit written by Shel Silverstein). There are also interesting political implications, starting with the song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and ending with our current president’s obsession with reviving the coal industry. Whereas art is supposed to broaden the listener’s perspective, Lynn’s songs seem expressly designed to do the opposite: to reflect and reinforce a perspective already familiar to her listeners.