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This April-2013 Willie Nelson turns 80 years old, a milestone which has not slowed down the American icon in the slightest.

Following the success of his 2012 success Heroes, Willie Nelson returns, this time with his Family band, to deliver another beautiful new album of songs that are near and dear to his heart.

Like the man himself, this stunning collection is not easily defined by genre or style. The songs include American standards and country classics, Irving Berlin and Carl Perkins, Django Reinhart as well as Willie-penned originals. Yet the result is a beautiful, cohesive set songs about love and reflection in Willie's inimitable style. It is a record in the vein of both Stardust and Redheaded Stranger and destined to become a classic.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00AYM6JFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Willie Nelson sang from the Great American Songbook as early as 1976's The Sound in Your Mind, and with 1978's Stardust he demonstrated a unique affinity for pop standards. He continued to draw on this material for decades to come, including 1981's Over the Rainbow, 1983's Without a Song and 1988's What a Wonderful World. His latest collection of pop and country standards is a low-key affair without backing vocals or orchestrations, leaving Nelson's voice isolated out front of his Family band. His idiosyncratic phrasing continues to serve this type of material wonderfully, but unlike the statement of Stardust, this set is more of a Saturday night jam than a staged performance. With his sister Bobbie and longtime compadres Mickey Raphael and Paul English on board, the sessions feel as if Nelson's calling out favorites for the group to pick up. The players slide easily into familiar songs, and though the solos can be tentative, the warmth these musicians share, Nelson's deep feeling for the material and his inimitable singing are all worth hearing.

Nelson's recorded many of these songs before, a few several times over. He waxed "You'll Never Know" in 1983 and again in 1994, but this third time he shares the stage more fully with the piano accompaniment.
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Following on the successful 2012 CD release 'Heroes', country music legend singer-songwriter Willie Nelson And Family are back in 2013 with a wonderful and a rather quite diverse CD release titled 'Let's Face The Music And Dance'. Like in the CD 'Heroes' (14 tracks), Willie Nelson combines both covers and his original compositions as in this new CD 'Let's Face The Music And Dance'(14 tracks). He had Lukas and Micah Nelson featured well in 'Heroes' & the overall sound of the album was that of a combination of country & pop. I agree with the record label that the music in this CD 'Let's Face The Music And Dance' is difficult to categorize : it's rather a balanced combination of jazzy, bluesy, popish/rocky, country and latin influenced tracks.

Jazzy tracks include the wonderful opening/title track "Let's Face The Music And Dance" : a smooth jazzy track with a beautiful melody and the unmistaken vocals by the master Willie Nelson & "You'll Never Know". Bluesy tracks include "Is The Better Part Over" : a rocky-bluesy track with great horns sound, "Walking My Baby Back Home", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" & "I Wish I Didn't Love You So". Latin guitar/influenced tracks include "Vous Et Moi", "I'll Keep On Loving You" & "Nuages".

Stand-out tracks/gems/my favourite tracks inlude the title/opening track "Let's Face The Music And Dance", "Twilight Time" : a mid-tempo laid-back track with incredible melody/piano/vocals and accordion sound & "South Of The Border" : mid-tempo smooth track, beautiful melody & vocals. I like the accordion sound in this track, the song itself is reminiscent of another of my favourite song "Across The Border" by Bruce Springsteen from his 1995 album 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad'.
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First off I'm biased -- I adore Willie. But truth be told -- this is one of the best studio albums in recent years. Some of Willie's albums seem to fade into obscurity -- neither this title - nor "HEREOES" (last years release) will be lost in the shuffle. Great songs -- love Marie the Dawn is Breaking, and the title track. If you only buy one Willie cd now and then -- make it this one. It's solid -- well crafted -- and VERY evocative of Rick Rubin's Johnny Cash albums. It's as if Willie goes full circle -- and he did -- he's back on his home -- Columbia-Sony Legacy. A-. It's not Stardust but still really up there.
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Willie Nelson
"Let's Face The Music And Dance"
(Sony Legacy, 2013)

Approaching his 80th birthday(!) Willie goes back to the well and explores the great American songbook again, with Tin Pan Alley standards and other pop oldies... This record isn't as lush or as large as his "Stardust" album, but the rough edges and prominent twang are heartwarming and welcome to fans... As always, Willie's unusual, idiosyncratic jazz-influenced timing and quirky phrasing won't appeal to everybody, but if you're on his wavelength you'll feel pretty fondly about this album. For me, it's all about the repertoire, and standout tracks include "Twilight Time" and "Walking My Baby Back Home" (those great old songs that everyone in your great-grandmother's generation knew, once upon a time...) along with the mournful "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," and "Is The Better Part Over," one of Willie's old compositions given new life in this melancholy rendition. Happy birthday, Willie! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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