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Closer To The Bone

Kris KristoffersonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his New West album Closer to the Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter’s 2006 New West bow This Old Road, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. The previous collection – Kristofferson’s first recording in almost a dozen years – was hailed by critics ... Read more in Amazon's Kris Kristofferson Store

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B002ICGQG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Closer To The Bone 2:32
2. From Here To Forever 3:32
3. Holy Woman 2:29
4. Starlight And Stone 3:46
5. Sister Sinead 2:20
6. Hall Of Angels 3:59
7. Love Don t Live Here Anymore 2:01
8. Good Morning John 2:50
9. Tell Me One More Time 2:39
10. Let The Walls Come Down 2:41
11. The Wonder 2:53

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One of the most revered songwriters of the last half century Los Angeles Times

Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his new album Closer To The Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter s 2006 New West bow This Old Road, this album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. The previous collection was hailed by critics as one of the finest albums of his storied career (Rolling Stone), a stripped-down stunner (Esquire), and a return to his best work (Q).

Kristofferson says of the new album, I like the intimacy of the new album. It has a general mood of reflecting on where we all are at this end of life. Closer To The Bone is a deftly observed, honestly executed work about love, separation, loss, and mortality. The subject matter ranges from the musician s family ( From Here to Forever, The Wonder ) to Kristofferson s late friend Johnny Cash ( Good Morning John ).

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate and spectacular. September 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
In his 70s now, Kris Kristofferson has nothing to prove. His last couple records have shown that--intimate, acoustic arrangements complete with personal, highly poetic lyrics that shun the story-songs of yesteryear, instead emphasizing reflection and contentment. This leads to records that aren't as overwhelmingly amazing as his earlier work, but are somehow more mature, more satisfying on the whole.

Such is CLOSER TO THE BONE. Few of these songs could stand, alone, among his best; but together, they create a reflective collection that is nothing less than astonishing. The album is much in the vein of THIS OLD ROAD; in fact, this could be considered a "sequel" album of sorts. Kristofferson has songs on here about his kids ("From Here to Forever"), his wife ("Holy Woman"), Johny Cash ("Good Morning John," including the heart-stopping line "You can lose your mind and memory/But you won't lose me as a friend"), and other people near and dear to him. The album is made oddly complete by the inclusion of a hidden track, the first full song he wrote (at age 11) entitled "I Hate Your Ugly Face." Even as a kid, he knew how to put it honestly.

And that's a word that sums up this whole album: honest. A Rhodes Scholar, a movie star, a sex symbol, a living legend...Kris Kristofferson is, first and foremost, the world's preeminent songwriter of honest, lasting songs. CLOSER TO THE BONE ranks with THIS OLD ROAD as his most captivating album; even if the songs here don't rank, individually, among his best work, as a whole they create a beautiful, elegant portrait of a man who's found contentment in his life...and, thank God, is talented enough to write about it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best October 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Kris Kristofferson is one of American's greatest songwriters, he is part of that elite group that includes masters such as Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. Kristofferson's voice has always been a rough and limited instrument, he once likened his own singing to the croaking of a frog, but in spite of this (or perhaps because of it) he manages to transmit a sense of true significance and meaning through the performances of his songs in a way that a pretty-but-empty, american idol-esque voice could never replicate. When Kristofferson sings, its not to show off an impressive range through various vocal acrobatics, but rather to communicate some truth, something of importance to his audience.

This latest release maintains the high level of excellence that one has come to expect of Kristofferson. "Closer to the Bone" can legitimately stand alongside the best of Kristofferson's vast catalogue. It is perhaps more quiet and contemplative than his early masterpieces, but that is perfectly reasonable given Kristofferson's age and the accompanying realization that there are more days behind than there are ahead. Nonetheless, when all is said and done, he is still the best!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up Close & Personal October 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a really nice intimate traditional country/folk album. I grew up listening to a lot of Kris' country stuff in the 80's and this is a nice stripped-down version of the singer. Nothing earth-shattering going on just well-made, heartfelt songs stripped to the bone (haha) for maximum impact and a stark beauty. Highly recommended for fans of simple guitar-and-vocal tales of heartbreak, dreams, love and loneliness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite April 14, 2011
By Molly
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a Kris Kristofferson fan since the early 70's, but I think this is the very best of all his albums. The words of the songs and his voice are inseparable; when others sing his songs, they fall flat. For me there is a bit of melancholy that reaches down deep into my soul and touches and draws out all sadness, moodiness, loneliness, and other bad stuff, throws it on the table and says, look at it, it's nothing. Lately I've been bombarded with too much uncertainty and stress and all the deep breathing in the world couldn't produce the sense of calm and confidence that I get from listening to this music. The older he gets, the better his voice sounds. It's a very soulful experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poet Prince Writes Again November 16, 2009
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The poet prince writes again
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New Straits Times Press
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Monday 2009/11/16


American music icon Kris Kristofferson is back with his 15th solo album, an acoustic recording about his friends, love and tenderness. ERROL DE CRUZ writes.

HE'S won more than a dozen awards since his debut in 1971 with Me and Bobby McGee. He was described by the late Johnny Cash as a visionary. Above all that, he has the undisputed reputation of having changed the landscape of country music songwriting.

With hits like Help Me Make It Through The Night, For The Good Times, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Me and Bobby McGee, From The Bottle To The Bottom and Why Me, Lord? he inspired Nashville's writers, some of whom called him the most refreshing thing since Hank Williams.

Kris Kristofferson, the poet prince of country music, is back with his 15th solo album, aptly entitled Closer To The Bone, and like poets down the annals of history, he writes of what he sees and experiences, or as someone described, recently, "songs built on emotional bedrock", when the composer was honoured with an Icon Award from performance rights organisation BMI.

His vast experience before he eloped to Nashville to become a songwriter included stints as a college athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, member of Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes scholar, US Army captain and helicopter pilot.

Once there, he went from janitor to award-winning actor, composer and undisputed star.

In his early albums -- Spooky Lady's Sideshow, The Silver-Tongued Devil And I, Border Lord and Who's To Bless And Who's To Blame?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A little rough, but anything Kris does is worth ...
A little rough, but anything Kris does is worth listening to. I have been a fan of his from the beginning of his career !
Published 1 month ago by Edith A. Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars I love him. But not this album.
I'd rather hear Kris sing terribly then most sing beautifully. It's a loooong running joke that he is a terrible singer , within the Nashville music industry. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chastity Deaner
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristofferson has always been
close to the bone, but ever more so as he goes on. Can't get enough. Haunting melodies coupled with his grizzled voice I even let the cd play all night at a low level of volume,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Luna Stormcrow
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not my speed
I really enjoy Kris K. and his lyrics. This album just didn't hit me the way his work usually does. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MAMA T
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I love this cd. He's still got a great voice after all these years. It is worth the money that I spent. I would love to see him in real life!!!!
Published 11 months ago by semy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bunch of songs
I really really liked this cd! I listen to it all the time & enjoy it every time I do! It has so many good memories of my husband linked with it:) we went to see him play at a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs - intimate recording
Kris is putting out some pretty good stuff with his last three albums. This is a favorite. His voice is scraggy and his lyrics are pretty good.
Published 12 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Kris still has it!
I have been a Kristofferson fan for a loooooong time-we are about the same age and Texans. I have played this CD many times since receiving it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Robson
2.0 out of 5 stars Waaaaaaaaaaay to slow..........
I like Kris Kristofferson but not one of his best, I guess I was thinking a bit more upbeat but just the opposite, nearly put me to sleep, my fault though, should have listened to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Connie J. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
All a way around I loved this CD. I would recommend to my friends and family, Hope you enjoy if you buy,
Published 15 months ago by RANDY
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