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The songs are forceful and edgy, upbeat and delightful to the palate and all 'Willie Nelson'.
Songs like "Over You Again" takes you to Willie Nelson more romantic side, whereas "The Bob Song" is a playful romp with a hint of vaudeville to it, "Gravedigger" is an eerie but intense song.
However, perhaps the cheekiest track is the song "Louisiana" (the Randy Newman classic inspired by a 1927 flood that struck an eerily evocative chord in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) about the recent problems of that state and how the president flew down to take a look with 'a fat guy and his notepad', assessing the situation in as unaffected manner as only a politician could muster.
Willie Nelson managed to pulled off a hit, with Toby Keith in 2002, with a track called "Beer For My Horses" on Toby Keith's album.
Chesney, who shares lead vocals on the amusing booze homage, "Worry B Gone", provides an ear-pleasing, accessible, yet not overly slick sound stage for Nelson's strong, resonant vocals.
The American music legend, who turns 75 this year, sounds like he still has something to prove and, with this effort, he succeeds : he hasn't sounded this committed in years and his distinctive renditions of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" are as revelatory as the work Johnny Cash was doing with producer Rick Rubin up to the time he died.
Produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon, the album works so well because the music accommodates Nelson's vocal rather than distracting from it.
Living a full life as Willie Nelson is doing has afforded him some exceptional talent collaborating with him on "Moment Of Forever".Read more ›
"Over You Again" should be titled Over & Over Again since the lyrics are repeated over and over and over again. "The Bob Song" is strange, but not as strange as "Gravedigger." There's no other way of saying it; those 3 cuts are simply weak. And "I'm Alive" contains so many clichés that you'd think a junior high girl wrote them. I won't even comment on "Gotta Serve Somebody." It was bad when Dylan sang it but even worse here. Why would songs this weak be put on a CD?
On the other hand, "Moment Of Forever" is subtle and effective, and the tune and arrangement of "Louisiana" is good, despite its overt political cheap shot. Willie is classic on "Keep Me From Blowing Away" and "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore," proving that he can deliver if the song itself is worthy. Sadly, too many selections on this CD don't measure up to Willie's talent at interpreting songs.
If you're looking for a Willie Nelson sleeper CD, pick up "Tales Out of Luck" or "You Don't Know Me" but pass on this one.
All-in-all, it's a wonderful album. I downloaded the album while I was laid up in the hospital for two weeks and I listened to the title song, almost every hour.
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Truly one of his best CD's. The song Over you, again is just amazing. Out of my entire Willie Nelson collection, this CD is my favorite. Great music!Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you're a Nelson fan;you'll want to add this to your collection.There are 13 tracks on the CD,but only 3 of them were written by Willie. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Jerry Guild
I would recommend this cd to anybody that likes country music and Willie Nelson. I got it because I've seen the video for Gravedigger and it's a neat song. He's a great songwriter.Published on June 11, 2013 by Ronald D Jones Jr
Some of Willie's songs here are too repetitious in both words and melody, but I love "Gravedigger. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by TD
I just saw Willie in concert and at 78 years old he is still one of the best and so is this CD. The songs and sound are beautiful.Published on April 7, 2012 by pandedrew
This is one of Willie's best CD's in years. I found his version of Gravedigger masterful and would reccomend this to any Willie fan, old or new.Published on May 9, 2010 by L. Marin
After seeing Willie Nelson in concert I wanted to get his latest album. He played many of the songs on this album at the concert, and I wanted to remember one of the best concerts... Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by James A. Fenwick