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4.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration Of Classic Country, 14 Oct. 2013
This review is from: To All The Girls... (Audio CD)
Willie Nelson must be the hardest working performer in country music because "To All The Girls" is his 96th studio album since 1962, his 32nd album of the 21st century - and he's 80 years old. Of course, with such an output, there have been some duds but most have been to such a high standard that, in terms of volume, will probably never be surpassed.

His new album is an eighteen track collaboration with legends, icons, superstars and mere mortals, produced by the multi talented Buddy Cannon. In his long career Willie has embraced pop, jazz, reggae, western swing, gospel and was a leader of the Country Outlaw movement. But this is a celebration of classic country with, perhaps, a nod to the progressive country of albums such as "Teatro" with "No Mas Amor", a striking, trumpet inflected duet with Alison Krauss.

Aficionados of the Nelson canon will not be disappointed with a powerful reading of Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" with Rosanne Cash and an emotion packed delivery of the classic break up song "Always On My Mind" with Carrie Underwood, full of anguish, pain and sorrow and recalling the impact of his 1982 platinum single.

There is an atmospheric version of Bruce Springsteen's "Dry Lightning" with fellow icon Emmylou Harris as he

".....chased the heat of her blood/like it was the holy grail."

Western Swing is revisited with a rollicking performance of "Til The End Of The World" with Shelby Lynne,there's a steel guitar infused version of Merle Haggard's "She Was No Good To Me" with Miranda Lambert and a gorgeous reading of the dreamy, classic "Far Away Places" with Sheryl Crow. The Nelson original "Walkin'" with Norah Jones resonates with quality but, in truth, with contributions from Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Mavis Staples as well, there isn't a dud cut on the album.

The "mere mortals" such as Lily Meola, Brandi Carlile and the Secret Sisters acquit themselves well in such exalted company. This is a gentle, relaxed album with no pretensions - just a celebration of classic country sounds.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2013 21:09:22 BDT
Kevan James says:
You're obviously impressed ..... so why 4 stars rather than 5??

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 08:56:28 BDT
Angel Delta says:
Hi Kevan,
4 stars rather than 5 because although it's an enjoyable and well executed album it's not to be compared with the ground breaking "Teatro", the creative "Red Headed Stranger", or the idiosyncratic reworkings of standards in "Stardust" for example. I don't suppose Willie thinks so either. He's just happy to still be making great music. At eighty, his creative outlaw days are behind him.

Regards AD

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 14:36:33 BDT
Kevan James says:
Fair enough! I haven't heard it yet - will pick up a copy today!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 11:35:27 BDT
Red on Black says:
Angel - I thought you might review this one. It sounds excellent and thanks for the detailed commentary. cheers Rob
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