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Though Willie Nelson has previously demonstrated that he can sing just about anything with just about anyone, The Great Divide shows there are some bridges even he shouldn't cross. An incongruous array of duet partners join Nelson on this attempt to attract a younger and wider demographic. The project follows the formula that paid such commercial dividends for Carlos Santana, down to the collaboration with matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas on the opening "Maria." Nelson proceeds to engage Kid Rock in a transgenerational gunslingers' duel on "Last Stand in Open Country," reaches a more comfortable accommodation with neo-soulster Brian McKnight on "Don't Fade Away," and meditates on the aging process with three melancholy ballads ("This Face," "Recollecting Phoenix," and "You Remain") that are likely to confound the pop-rock crowd the project seems so intent on converting. The rest of the material ranges from Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to the psychedelic chestnut "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"--already revived by Nelson on 2001's Rainbow Connection. Only the Gypsy-tinged title song rings as true as one typically expects from Willie. --Don McLeese
Love the songs on this CD, with
Lie added some other great artist to give a wonderful sound.
If you do, you'll love this. He's probably another artist I could listen to a "collection" of (Leonard Cohen being the other). Haven't invested in his other cd's, but may.Published on April 25, 2013 by Deju
Willie is ONE OF A KIND. We are very lucky to have heard his music...it will live forever. Willie did some great music...he covered a lot of songs but he did them HIS style.Published on March 24, 2013 by Rober L. Schudalla
I don't like country music, but I love this CD..!!
Great musicians, fantastic song writing. I'd recommend this to everybody.
I agree with the Amazon review. I don't mind Rob Thomas or Bernie Taupin. Talented guys. Willie Nelson has no business singing their songs. Ever. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by LB
My husband already had this cd but it was irreparably scratched (we all know how that happened). He really liked this particular cd & missed hearing it so he ordered a... Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by twihardcatmom
These are some wonderful songs that Willie did with many great artists. A CD that should be in any true Willie fan's collection!Published on September 5, 2010 by rbussey