This is Willie's fourth album in a little over two years, and after a couple of less than inspiring releases, including last year's very patchy "To All the Girls", here we have the Willie Nelson I really want to hear!
When it comes to Willie Nelson I have to admit I'm biased - there are lots of great country singers, but Willie has it all: the voice that sounds like it's been through the wars, a distinctive guitar style, a great band, and a swaggering `don't care' attitude that should be the envy of any teenager. I wonder how many of the bro-country pretty boys of today will still be recording and touring as extensively as Willie does at 81?
Although you could look at the track list for this CD and think to yourself, "Oh no, not another country artist releasing a covers album!", and I admit that I groaned to myself when I read the list, having now listened to it a few times I can only think, "Nice one Gene!"
There are a few songs on here that I seem to have heard hundreds of times by dozens of different artists - "Long Black Veil", "Make The World Go Away", and "It's not Love", for example - but Mr Watson's rich voice adds enough class to lift them above the run of the mill. And the playing throughout is excellent, his band do a great job of sounding up-to-date but just like a country combo from the 60s or 70s… Read more