Recommended songs for the week of Sept. 30: Find tunes on the web by Dolly Parton, and others

By Ryan Dombal
September 30, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Download This: Songs by Pharrell, and others

Even when covering well-known ’60s and ’70s tunes on her new album, Those Were the Days, Dolly Parton is unmistakable. Her aching take on Cat Stevens’ world-weary parable ”Where Do the Children Play” hits hard even 35 years after its original release. Listen to the track for free at Sugar Hill Records.

Everything’s cooler in Iceland — even soundtracks. Like the new electro-pop score for Dís from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, featuring the Cars-esque synth workout ”10 Rokkstig.” Download the track for free at The Worker’s Institute.

Neptunes main man Pharrell may lack Kanye’s flow and wit, but his life-of-the-party charisma — and a mean deep-bass beat — elevates ”Can I Have It Like That” into an auspicious debut solo single. Buy the track at iTunes.

In England, ”to take the piss” means ”to make fun of.” Snotty limey punks Art Brut effectively take the piss out of overly earnest types like Coldplay with blunt rockers like ”Good Weekend.” Buy the track at Emusic.

(Some of this week’s links may expire after Oct. 7, 2005.)

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