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4.3 out of 5
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51 Ratings
Donald Gibson ,

Willie's Winning Moment

Willie Nelson doesn’t mince words to make a point.

So when he sings “Louisiana,” the Randy Newman classic inspired by a 1927 flood that struck an eerily evocative chord in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Nelson modifies Newman’s sardonic lyrics to underscore the federal government’s incompetence in addressing this modern-day catastrophe. His voice warbling and weathered but unsparing in tone, he delivers an unembellished version of events:

President came down in his big airplane
With his little fat man with a note pad in his hand
President say, “Little fat man, oh, isn’t it a shame
What the river has done to this poor farmer’s land.”

In much the same way, whether on behalf of his country or his heart, Willie Nelson cuts to the bone, sounding authentic as ever on his latest album, Moment Of Forever.

The American music legend, who turns 75 this year, sounds like he still has something to prove and, with this effort, he succeeds. While interpreting ten tracks written by others, Nelson also contributes three original songs. Produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon, the album works so well because the music accommodates Nelson’s vocal rather than distracting from it.

For instance, the title track and “Keep Me From Blowing Away,” both complemented by gentle acoustic guitars and piano, are among the most touching songs Nelson has offered in recent memory. Likewise, his performances on “Over You Again” and “Always Now” embrace a certain emotional vulnerability that makes him seem ironically resilient.

In addition to the aforementioned rendition of “Louisiana,” two other conspicuous covers stand out: Dave Matthews’ “Gravedigger” and Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody.” On the former, Nelson sounds as ominous as the shadowy music seething and swirling around him. On the latter, which runs nearly ten minutes long, he commands the pointed lyrics with such authority that this may indeed be the song’s definitive version.

Moment Of Forever finds Willie Nelson in his element, singing quality material with absolute conviction. His distinctive ability to interpret a song that, in turn, gives voice to others, remains his greatest contribution to music.

the G-man ,

Willie Hits Another One Out of the Park

With impeccably produced originals and unforgettable covers, Willie once again shows why he's one of the greatest singer-songwriters still working in any genre. His cover of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" is getting some attention (and a video) but his take on Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" is the best since Bob himself. This is not just an album for country music fans. In fact, it isn't really country at all in some places. This is just good music. Period.

Highwyman ,

Still going strong!!!

Very happy to get some more Willie.... I'm a Willie freak... seen him in concert about 23 times... most recently 13 days ago.... anyway.... Love the new CD..... "I'm Alive", "Gotta Serve Somebody" (written by Bob Dylan), and "You don't think I'm funny anymore" are three of my favorites so far, but the whole CD is really good...

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