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Dolly Parton Covers Billy Joel, and eight Extra New Songs

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Now that she’s launched the deluxe version — in honor of her 78th birthday, on Friday! — Dolly Parton’s already sprawling double album “Rockstar” runs almost three hours lengthy and clocks in at an indefatigably rockin’ 39 tracks. This makes discovering the album’s buried treasures that rather more exhausting, however fortunately one sparkles out from the heap of newly launched bonus tracks: her ornately organized and deeply felt cowl of Billy Joel’s 1974 single “The Entertainer.” Joel’s model was filled with a younger upstart’s gimlet-eyed cynicism — “If you happen to’re gonna have a success, you gotta make it match, so that they minimize it down to three:05,” he sang on a type of religious sequel to the sooner “Piano Man” — however Parton sings it from the alternative finish of a protracted profession, discovering recent which means in his phrases. “I do know the sport, you’ll neglect my identify,” she sings, with a slight ache in her voice. “And I received’t be right here in one other 12 months, if I don’t keep on the charts.” Provided that “Rockstar” grew to become the highest-charting album of Parton’s profession only a few months in the past, that destiny appears, blessedly, unlikely. LINDSAY ZOLADZ

The unlikely pairing of Mumford & Sons with Pharrell Williams has yielded a decidedly un-folksy tune. After a short head-fake intro of acoustic guitar, it’s a foot-stamping, tambourine-shaking vow of solidarity, revival and burgeoning energy: “Good folks been down so lengthy/And now I see the solar is rising.” Biblical language and church-choir harmonies insist on a return to righteousness, however they depart it to the listener to determine precisely what’s righteous and who the nice individuals are. JON PARELES

The guitarist and songwriter Fabi Reyna, who led She Shreds within the 2010s, now data as Reyna Tropical. In “Cartagena,” from an album due in March, “Malegría,” she sings about discovering oneness with nature. A lilting beat, ricocheting percussion and layers of intertwined guitars and marimbas trace at Congolese soukous as Reyna enjoys “a second of peace” and exults, in Spanish, “Let the setting caress me”; it feels like sheer delight. PARELES

Two Atlanta rappers — the rising star Anycia and the trusted hitmaker Latto — be part of forces on the brassy “Again Outdoors,” each sounding totally unbothered. Anycia’s low, laid-back rasp gives a becoming foil for Latto’s bounding exuberance; “I don’t know find out how to sing, however I’m her,” Latto spits, taking a fast breath because the punchline lands. ZOLADZ

Bitter cynicism — or is it realism? — programs by means of “Danzig With Myself”; the punny title is the tune’s solely trace of comedy. With Frank Black (a.okay.a. Black Francis) from Pixies to drive dwelling the grunge connection, the tune harnesses a blunt riff and all kinds of guitar noise to again observations on a dystopian, disinformation-saturated second: “I can’t consider how many individuals need to deceive us/And I can’t consider how many individuals need to obtain it.” PARELES

The acoustic guitarist Julian Lage has labored in all kinds of types as a frontrunner and as a sideman with John Zorn, Charles Lloyd and others. “76” is from “Converse to Me,” an album due March 1. It’s a jauntily asymmetrical tune that rides a bluesy riff and a backbeat from the drummer Dave King of the Unhealthy Plus. Lage takes some modal and chromatic detours, and the pianist Kris Davis flings round free-jazz clusters, however the observe by no means loses a rowdy roadhouse spirit. PARELES

The duo from North Carolina that data as Magic Tuber Stringband connects Appalachian custom to Minimalism, meditation and maybe post-rock, carrying ahead the concepts of musicians like John Fahey and Sandy Bull. In “Days of Longing,” Courtney Werner on fiddle and Evan Morgan on 12-string guitar share a waltz that transforms itself from folksy heat to harrowing dissonance to an unfinished decision, refusing simple consolation. PARELES

What would Philip Glass sound like with a beat to kick his music ahead? The digital musician Jlin gives a definitive reply in “The Precision of Infinity” from “Akoma,” an album due in March. She chops up bits of Glass’s solo-piano arpeggios, two-note ostinatos and wordless singers and units them to quick-changing however insistent programmed and sampled percussion, as she relocates his lengthy dramatic arcs into an period of fractured consideration spans. PARELES

“I felt God in your contact,” sings feeo — the English songwriter and producer Theodora Laird — in a tune about chic bodily communion. Her backup is sparse, pulsing digital sounds that come collectively as chords, pull aside and realign; she sounds fulfilled, fascinated and enthralled. PARELES