Van Lear Rose

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Van Lear Rose
Studio album by Loretta Lynn
Released April 27, 2004 (US)
Recorded 2004
Genre Country, Americana
Length 38:30
Label Interscope
Producer Jack White
Loretta Lynn chronology
Still Country
Van Lear Rose
Full Circle

Van Lear Rose is an album by Loretta Lynn, released in 2004 and produced by Jack White of the rock band the White Stripes. The album was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of country singer-songwriter Lynn and producer White, who wrote one track, sings a duet with Lynn, and performs on the whole album as a musician. At the time of the album's release, Lynn was 72 and White was 28.

The title refers to Lynn's origins as the daughter of a miner working the Van Lear coal mines. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and at number 24 on the Billboard 200, the most successful crossover music album of Lynn's 45-year career.

The track "Portland, Oregon" was listed as the 305th best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Blender 5/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly (A) [4]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [6]
Spin 5/5 stars [7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars [8]
Uncut 5/5 stars [9]

The album was released to glowing reviews and near universal acclaim. It received a rating of 97 at, the joint-second highest score to date.[10] Blender magazine called the album "Some of the most gripping singing you're going to hear all year.... A brave, unrepeatable record that speaks to her whole life."[11] Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic said that "The brilliance of Van Lear Rose is not just how the two approaches complement each other, but how the record captures the essence of Loretta Lynn's music even as it has flourishes that are distinctly Jack."[12] Rhapsody ranked the album #16 on its "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[13] "Jack White, of the bizarre and bluesy duo the White Stripes, produced this effort to jaw-dropping effect. Van Lear Rose is a stripped-down effort that isn't afraid to get dirty -- both in its dark subject matter and in its raucous, gritty tones. And as much as this body of work highlights Lynn's down-home vocals (which are as strong as ever), it's White's production that sends her crashing -- literally -- into the 21st century. On paper, these two disparate souls have little in common, but the bold excitement of the music proves the two are a match made in heaven."


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Pop Matters The Best 100 Albums of the 2000s[14] 2014 59
Rolling Stone 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own[15] 2015 12
CMT CMT 40 Greatest Albums[16] Unknown 18
Country Universe The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade[17] 2009 8
Country Universe 100 Greatest Contemporary Country Albums[18] 2006 59
Paste Magazine The 50 Best Albums of the Decade[19] 2009 48
Rhapsody Country's Best Albums of the Decade[20] 2009 16

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and No. 24 on Billboard 200, selling 37,000 in its first week, the best sales week for Lynn in the Nielsen Music era.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Loretta Lynn, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Van Lear Rose"   3:50
2. "Portland, Oregon" (duet with Jack White)   3:49
3. "Trouble on the Line" Loretta Lynn, Oliver Lynn 2:21
4. "Family Tree"   3:03
5. "Have Mercy"   2:35
6. "High on a Mountain Top"   2:44
7. "Little Red Shoes" Loretta Lynn (lyrics), Jack White (music) 3:33
8. "God Makes No Mistakes"   1:45
9. "Women's Prison"   4:16
10. "This Old House"   1:56
11. "Mrs. Leroy Brown"   3:38
12. "Miss Being Mrs."   2:50
13. "Story of My Life"   2:40
14. "Just to Have You Back (2015 Third Man Vault Edition Bonus Track)"    


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Norwegian Album Charts[22] 32
Swedish Album Charts[23] 23
U.K. Official Country Artists Albums Chart[24] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[25] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[25] 24


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 Van Lear Rose Best Country Album[26] Won
"Portland, Oregon" Best Country Collaboration with Vocals[26] Won
"Miss Being Mrs." Best Country Song[27] Nominated
"Portland, Oregon" Best Country Song[27] Nominated
"Miss Being Mrs." Best Female Country Vocal Performance[28] Nominated


  1. ^ [1] Archived May 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Van Lear Rose at AllMusic
  3. ^ Blender review
  4. ^ EW review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ May 2004, p.105
  8. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes
  9. ^ June 2004, p.84
  10. ^ (2004). "Van Lear Rose" (accessed June 19, 2007)
  11. ^ (Blender, 2004, p. 123)
  12. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2004). "Review" (accessed June 19, 2007)
  13. ^ "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  14. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  15. ^ "50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  16. ^ "Rate Your Music". 
  17. ^ "The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade, Conclusion: #10-#1 – Country Universe". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  18. ^ "100 Greatest Contemporary Country Albums: #60-#51 – Country Universe". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  19. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  20. ^ "Country's Best Albums of the Decade - Play | The Rhapsody Editorial Music Blog". 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  21. ^ Asker, Jim (March 15, 2016). "Cole Swindell & Carrie Underwood Take Over Country Songs Charts". Billboard. 
  22. ^ "Van Lear Rose", Norwegian Charts [2] (Retrieved August 6, 2011)
  23. ^ "Van Lear Rose", Swedish Charts [3] (Retrieved August 6, 2011)
  24. ^ "Van Lear Rose", [4] (Retrieved October 15, 2016)
  25. ^ a b Van Lear Rose at AllMusic
  26. ^ a b "Past Winners Search |". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Complete list of Grammy nominees". The San Francisco Chronicle. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees". The San Francisco Chronicle. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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