Van Lear Rose

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Van Lear Rose
Studio album by Loretta Lynn
Released April 27, 2004 (US)
Recorded 2003
Genre Country, Americana, Indie Rock
Length 38:30
Label Interscope
Producer Jack White
Loretta Lynn chronology
Still Country
(2000)Still Country2000
Van Lear Rose
Full Circle
(2016)Full Circle2016
Singles from Van Lear Rose
  1. "Miss Being Mrs."
    Released: May 2004
  2. "Portland, Oregon"
    Released: September 2004

Van Lear Rose is the thirty-ninth studio album by American country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, released on April 27, 2004 and produced by Jack White of the White Stripes. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, the most successful crossover 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]


The album was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of 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.

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 and the highest for a female 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, with the following commentary:

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.[13]


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[13] 2009 48
Rhapsody Country's Best Albums of the Decade[13] 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.[19]

It has sold over 233,000 copies in United States since September 2004. [20]

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" Patsy Lynn Russell 2:40
2015 Third Man Vault Edition bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "Just to Have You Back" 3:32


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Norwegian Album Charts[21] 32
Swedish Album Charts[22] 23
U.K. Official Country Artists Albums Chart[23] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[24] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[24] 24


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 Van Lear Rose Best Country Album[25] Won
"Portland, Oregon" Best Country Collaboration with Vocals[25] Won
"Miss Being Mrs." Best Country Song[26] Nominated
"Portland, Oregon" Best Country Song[26] Nominated
"Miss Being Mrs." Best Female Country Vocal Performance[26] Nominated


  1. ^ "P2K: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Pitchfork. August 17, 2009. Section "500-201". Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Van Lear Rose at AllMusic
  3. ^ Smith, R. J. "Loretta Lynne, Van Lear Rose" (review). Release date April 27, 2004. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009.
  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. ^ "Van Lear Rose". 2004. Retrieved June 19, 2007.
  11. ^ Blender, May 2004, p. 123.
  12. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2004). "Review" Retrieved June 19, 2007.
  13. ^ a b c Ryan, Linda (November 27, 2009). "Country's Best Albums of the Decade". Archived from the original on January 19, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Rate Your Music". 
  17. ^ "The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade, Conclusion: #10-#1 – Country Universe". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "100 Greatest Contemporary Country Albums: #60-#51 – Country Universe". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ Asker, Jim (March 15, 2016). "Cole Swindell & Carrie Underwood Take Over Country Songs Charts". Billboard. 
  20. ^ Jackell, Barry (28 September 2004). "Lynn takes two Americana Awards". Today. Retrieved 29 March 2018. 
  21. ^ "Van Lear Rose", Norwegian Charts [1]. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  22. ^ "Van Lear Rose", Swedish Charts [2]. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  23. ^ "Van Lear Rose", [3]. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  24. ^ a b Van Lear Rose at AllMusic
  25. ^ a b "47th Annual GRAMMY Awards". The Recording Academy. January 15, 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  26. ^ a b c "Loretta Lynn". The Recording Academy. May 14, 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 

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