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on 15 May 2012
A new Willie Nelson album is always something to look forward to - and the guy is so prolific that you never have to wait long for the next one to trundle along!

After the wonderful "Remember Me (Vol.1)" from late last year (can we please have volume 2, Willie?), my first feelings about this collection are ones of slight disappointment. It's certainly something of a selection box, offering a mixture of old style country and a more contemporary Americana sound, and the highlights for me are definitely those more traditional sounding tracks - "My House Faces The South", "Cold War With You", and "Home In San Antone".

It sometimes feels as if the world and his wife have either dueted with Willie or are in the queue to do so, and this album has duet partners in spades, with a total of 9 other vocalists joining him. His son Lukas is the most present of these, appearing on nine of the fourteen tracks. He's got an interesting voice, sometimes sounding like a young Bob Dylan and others just like his old man. The duet with Merle Haggard on the opening track, a remake of "A Horse Called Music", is probably the best of the lot, offering a sweet melancoly take on what has always sounded a very sad song. This is probably the standout track on the album for me. Ray Price's appearance on "Cold War" is also worthy of note.

I have no doubt that it will be "Roll Me Up (and Smoke Me When I Die)", featuring rapper Snoop Dogg and country men Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson, that gets the most attention, which will be sad as, to my ears, it's pretty much a throwaway song. This song also seems to use exactly the same tune as "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" from a few years back and "Everytime He Drinks He Thinks Of Her" on this album ..... or is that just me?

The album rounds off with a couple of interesting covers - Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" and Coldplay's "The Scientist" - and a jaunty little number called "Come On Back Jesus" with sons Lukas and Micah, which features a hook line of "Come on back Jesus and pick up John Wayne on the way"!

The instrumentation throughout is first class: Mickey Raphael 'parps' along as usual, there's great steel guitar from Mike Johnson, and Trigger sounds, well, just as wonderful as ever!

So, something of a mixed bag. Not my favourite Willie Nelson album, I can imagine reaching for the more traditional sounding collections over this one, but it's still head and shoulders above a lot of country music being produced these days and pretty incredible when you consider both Willie's age and the fact that he seems to be both touring and recording almost constantly!
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on 31 May 2012
It is a real pleasure to listen to the quintessential Country rhythms of Willie Nelson's recent, glorious album 'Heroes'. At 79, Willie is still crooning out the most sublime songs with a little bit of outlaw sensibility here and there ['Roll Me Up'] and with classic Country melody. Synonym son Lukas offers support throughout - and it is a more dynamic duo than when Willie supports on his boy's albums - and there is further help provided by the likes of Merle Haggard, Snoop Dog [with smoking proclivities rather than any Country affiliations], Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Ray Price and others.

Opener 'A Horse Called Music' is a gorgeous cowboy lament with Merle Haggard, and next 'Roll Me Up' ['and smoke me before I die'] keeps the proceedings lively and irreverent. There is a clutch of beautiful lovelorn songs, like third 'That's All There Is To The Song'. Fourth 'No Place To Fly' is another painful love confession and the father/son singing of the Nelsons resonates with the varying experience of loss and how to tug us along with the sorryful narrative. This is followed by the two again on 'Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her' ['but every morning her memory fades away'] - so more from the heartache of such familiar themes.

Sixth track Tom Wait's 'Come On Up To The House', sung as a superb Country gospel, sees Crow providing emotive female vocal support. Pearl Jam's 'Just Breathe' sits more comfortably within this whole album than on its own, but I struggle with the cover of Coldplay's 'The Scientist', but that is largely down to my antipathy to their latter anthemic indie tendencies. But with lines like 'Come on back Jesus and pick up John Wayne on the way' from 'Come On Back Jesus', the Country ideology is, thankfully, the predominant feature of this wonderful album.
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on 30 May 2012
Excellent CD in true Willie Nelson fashion. All the tracks were new to me but very quickly became familiar friends. I bought 2. One as a birthday present for a friend as I just knew he would love it. Happy listening all you Willie fans!
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on 1 September 2012
This cd was for my dad. He loves it and hasn't had it off the car cd player since I got it for him. Fantastic buy :-)
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on 2 February 2013
I am a very keen Country and Western music fan and Willie Nelson is within my top five all time favourites. A must for people that prefer the older or long astablished Country music singers
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on 18 December 2013
I have ALWAYS LOVED Willie Nelson. He has written some very poignant songs which I can relate to about life's ups and downs and relationships. Lovely to hear him singing with his sons and other artistes. A Hero and a rebel who has experienced life.
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on 22 May 2012
Bit hit and miss this CD.I was expecting something special. Unfortunately his son, sounds like Compo's son from 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Their voices, unfortunately do not compliment each other. Willie would have fared much better going it alone. Having said that, skip the few dodgy tracks and discover the gems. I'll let you work out which ones those are, not a difficult task.
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VINE VOICEon 15 June 2012
What a CD! We learn 2 things:

1) Nelson Junior sounds just like dad.
2) Snoop Dogg sounds like John Prine.

Not only does this CD feature Willie senior in fine voice, singing some very well written songs, we enjoy Willie Junior (son, Lukas) who has inherited the almost identical vocal style.

Of course, the stand-out track is 'Roll Me Up' and we also have Jamie Johnson singing, Sheryl Crow, Ray Price & Billie Joe Shaver.

Not a bad song on the CD.
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on 3 March 2013
yes i would recoment what ever willie dose a must go for it you wont be disapointed would love to meet him
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on 12 June 2012
AS I ALREADY OWN MOST OF WILLIES REPORTOIRE I THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT PURCHASING THIS CD, BUT I AM PLEASED TO SAY IT REALLY IS GREAT, WILLIE'S SON SOUNDS LIKE A YOUNGER WILLIE !! I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE.
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