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This Old Road CD
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"Come on boy, get back up there
You can do it one more time
For Hank Williams, go break a heart
And Janis Joplin, go break a heart
And Waylon Jennings, go break a heart
And John Lennon, go break a heart
And Roger Miller, "
And Jimi Hendrix, "
And Mickey Newbury, "
(add on....)John and June Cash
Vince Matthews, Shell Silverstein,
And maybe one time for me,
Go break a heart"
This is the barebones of Kris Kristofferson; superb, poetic lyrics and his distinctive voice, like old fine whiskey. He is approaching 70, and he plays on this CD with his guitar and a few old friends. It is bleak and oh, so sweet. The lyrics in these songs break your heart, as Kris wishes. They are real, and we know exactly what Kris is saying. This is the man who won our hearts and souls with his gravelly, whiskey voice, putting his honesty on the line for us.
Kris was a Rhodes Scholar who turned down a position at West Point to work as a janitor in Nashville. Soon he was known for his song writing and voice, writing with Shel Silverstein, "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times." Kris Kristofferson is known as a living legend at this point in his career. But, he tells us he is the same man he has always been. He talks of freedom in many of his songs. "If you took freedom out of the songs, you'd have very few Kristofferson songs," he laughs.Read more ›
That's what Kristofferson's latest record is: a masterpiece. I won't sink to the level of going song-by-song; how could I even attempt such a journey? This mostly-acoustic album is a journey through the mind of an artist. Kristofferson has proved himself, over DECADES, to be the premier songwriter in the music industry. For his latest release, he turns to his own life's story, his own place in this vast "universal mind." With a voice hewn by years of hard living and loving, and stellar production by Don Was, Kristofferson will take you on a soulful journey from which you may never return. Not that you would want to.
THIS OLD ROAD is a masterpiece...and if you have a single doubt in your mind as to that truth, then buy the album and give it a listen. And if it doesn't touch you, check your pulse and make sure you still have a beating heart capable of breaking. Because this one will break your heart, then put it back together again. A beautiful, timeless record. A masterpiece.
There's something about that weathered voice, makes you feel like he's there, that he's lived it and that he's sitting down to tell you about it. I think that's what initially made me such a big fan of Kris Kristofferson. It's definitely what makes this, his latest album, easily a quick favorite.
His music this time around, as always, is simple in its delivery and yet, if you take a close look at the words, the language...it's blistered and it's poetry. Kris remains country music's own Bob Dylan. Who else could write something so evocative as that line in Me & Bobby McGee that still grabs me: "...feelin' nearly faded as my jeans"?
Do yourself a favor and listen especially to tracks #1,3, & 11.
"In the News", is a anti-war song, presented on a personal level, which seems to invoke the emotional Lacey Peterson murder . Listen and you know, that he is not merely using this sad story to make a point, you can feel the pain in in his voice.
"Wild American", embraces those that have, put their necks out there to express their views, no matter how unpopular. Kistofferson, affirms that they, and not just the "patriotic" flag wavers, are the true Americans.
"Chase the Feeling", to me is the most direct song on this album. Still, it is not admonishing anybody that finds themselves in the throws of addiction. It drills down, in simple, yet most affective lyrics for one to look at the roots of their past and present choices . Again, he does this without preaching, but he voices how the seemingly small choices you make each day affect the big picture of your life.
In "The Show Goes On", as much of this album, seems to be, a look back to the idealistic past, to a look at the present and to the future. As in , "Thank You for a Life", he humbly expresses his gratitude to god for "a life I'd call happy," and "...thanks for the sadness that you saved me from the madness...all I'm crying now are tears of joy."
While, "This Old Road", as a whole, may almost seem to be a farewell from an old friend, to me it feels like a gift of wisdom from somebody that is just further down the trail than myself.
Kris Kristofferson is a human that I can hold as a piece of rugged hope that keeps me burning with conviction, humanity and humility.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very uplifting!! Positive outlooks from the heart to share with his fellow men and women!!Published 7 months ago by Diana
Absolutely love this CD from a seasoned man of much experience coming through on his music. Have loved his music from the beginning.Published 16 months ago by Cillie
I was once known as Heathen Steven, but after listening to this CD, I've become a Christian. It's as though Kris wasn't the only one speaking to me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve Meyer
Great work, my granddaughter loves the CD it helps her go to sleepPublished 21 months ago by harold m. bennett