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Donna Fargo

  • All About a Feeling [Dot, 1974] C+
  • The Best of Donna Fargo [ABC/Dot, 1977] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

All About a Feeling [Dot, 1974]
Even though she promises her share of rose gardens, Fargo is a lot more credible than Lynn Anderson, her major competition in the young country woman sweepstakes, adult division. Her cheerfulness carries real conviction, and this might function as an object lesson in how to be happy without being stupid to anyone but a dour young city man like myself. C+

The Best of Donna Fargo [ABC/Dot, 1977]
Despite her fondness for rose gardens, Fargo in her prime was a lot more credible than Lynn Anderson. Her good cheer always carried real conviction, perhaps because she wrote her happiness prescriptions/descriptions herself, although that little growl she learned from Loretta didn't hurt. Only a dour young city man like me (or woman like me wife) would complain about the way hubby and Jesus combine to stop her nagging in "How Close You Came (to Being Gone)." But we also note that the happiest girl in the whole USA has a job and lets her husband make the coffee. And that a year later she allows as how she's just not up to cohabiting with Superman. B