Various artists - Just Because I’m a WomanDolly Parton, as Joan Osborne says in the liner notes, is “a gifted artist cleverly disguised as a media superstar and sex bomb.” In particular, what this tribute album proves is she’s really an extraordinary songwriter. From Norah Jones’ sultry interpretation of “The Grass is Blue” and Melissa Etheridge’s understated reading of “I Will Always Love You” to Me’Shell N’degéOcello’s funky take on “Two Doors Down” and Sinéad O’Connor’s surprising performance of “Dagger Through the Heart,” this collection is a revelation.

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