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This Old Road

15 Dec. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Label: New West Records
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  • Total Length: 37:16
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  • ASIN: B007IJ1YBU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,153 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Though he has long appeared ageless, the approach of his 70th Birthday plainly has Kris Kristofferson sitting back, taking stock and coming to terms with his musical legacy. Having become more of a regular presence on film set than in the recording studio in past years, Kristofferson recently returned to the road without his band for some intimate shows.
Perhaps spurred by the sense of communion achieved by performing live, This Old Road, his first studio-recorded album of new material since 1995’s A Moment Of Forever, finds Kristofferson in reflective mood; looking back but always with one eye on the future. A reunion with producer Don Was (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones) ensures the emphasis is always on Kristofferson’s fine lyrics and distinctive voice, with only subtle accompaniment added by Was (bass, piano, backing vocals), long-time sidekick Stephen Bruton (guitar, mandolin, backing vocals) and Jim Keltner (drums). This spare production ensures This Old Road is never anything less than an entirely intimate affair.
Ten of the songs are entirely new, with only the title track having been recorded before. Originally included on his critically-panned 1986 album, Repossessed, Kristofferson perhaps thought it deserved a new audience. Immediately after, Pilgrim’s Progress – a sort of sequel to his beloved classic Chapter 33 – takes the form of a progress report, with Kristofferson appraising his life so far (“I got lucky, I got everything I wanted.”). Continuing the theme, The Last Thing To Go and The Show Goes On all have Kristofferson musing on the life of a troubadour and deciding that despite all the bumps, his road has had incomparable rewards.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By peter on 3 Mar. 2006
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It is always cause for celebration to hear a new Kris Kristofferson album, and this one is certainly no exception. Kris Kristofferson is still one of the finest singer-songwriters in the world. Indeed, I would maintain that he is one of the best poets at work today.
There are eleven songs on the album, two of which were previously recorded. One of those songs, Burden of Freedom, from his earlier album Border Lord, is in fact one of my favourite songs. It is a song that I return to again and again. It is great to hear Kris reprise this wise and wonderful song again on his new album. With the passage of the years, his voice brings even greater depths of meaning to this song, as well as the other songs.
Kris as usual brings brings all those qualities to this album that one always associates with his performances, whether live on stage or in the studio. Those qualities include honesty, warmth and a genuine empathy with the ordinary man and woman in their at times difficult journey through life.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ChrisMkz on 23 Mar. 2006
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This album really appears to be Kristofferson singing right from the boots - minimal production and awash with heart and feeling. The wisdom and maturity that comes through in his (now) septegenarian voice is simply spine tingling. Whilst his voice may no longer be perfect, it has SOUL.
One song stands above all others for me. "In the News" creates a reaction in me that is almost scary - I get a physical pain in my heart and at very least come close to weeping every time I hear it. I can't think of any other song, ever that has quite done that to me. Extraordinary.
Along with Neil Diamond's latest, I'd say this album is a must have if you can handle music that moves you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2010
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In this album Kris Kristofferson acknowledges the milestone he is fast approaching, and gives us a set of tunes that looks back over his life and assesses its worthiness, and his place in the universe.

Never the most cheerful of souls, the music and lyrics are generally typically downbeat. There are elements of joy and thankfulness to be found however, which lift the mood a bit and help make this a truly great record.

The album starts with this old road - an allegory for life itself. He describes the transition into old age, and looking back down the road at the person he used to be and looking ahead to the destination. It's surprisingly touching and effective.

With the Pilgrim's progress he updates his classic song the Pilgrim. The character, who in the `70s wondered `if the going up was worth the coming down', is now looking back at life and asking if he was worthy of the blessings he had been shown. A catchy little number, whose jauntiness is at odds with the sentiment expressed.

He takes the opportunity to register his disgust with the world around him with in the news, probably the most depressing song on the album. With disturbing imagery of the crimes that people can commit against each other, and a bit of an anti war protest song, this is a great track, and one of my favourites on this album. `Not in my name, I swear to God I heard God say' is an absolutely classic line.

In holy creation Kristofferson demonstrates his faith, and understanding of where he stands in relation to the rest of the universe. Its a song that celebrates the grandeur and majesty of creation, and our general insignificance in the grand scheme.
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