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Kris Kristofferson’s first album of the '80s and his last for Monument is a rawboned modern country record. The singer’s divorce from Rita Coolidge had just been finalized, and much of To the Bone deals with the fallout. For the most part, the album takes a softer attitude than Kristofferson’s previous rumination on breakup, 1976’s Surreal Thing. “I'm back being me again and you're back being you,” he sings in “Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore.” “Stronger for the loving war that we've been through.” On the other hand, “The Devil to Pay” is downright vicious: “You can't wait to let them take you to the bottom / And I'm gettin' tired of standin' in your way / But when you hit the ground don't come lookin' around / For the pieces of the love you threw away / That's just part of the high cost you're leavin' and you still got the devil to pay.” Muscle Shoals producer Norbert Putnam brings the album a wiry, urgent edge, and the raw, confessional rock ’n’ roll of “Star-Crossed,” “Snakebit” and “Maybe You Heard” is kin to contemporaneous albums by Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson.

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Available again after all these years

This is not just one my favorite Kristofferson albums but one of my all-time favorite albums period. It came out my second year of college and spent a lot of time on the turntable in the dorm. Though the vinyl ended up locked away in storage around the mid-80s, along with about 500 other albums, I kept waiting for this to show up in print again as a CD -- and in the last several years kept waiting to see it in iTunes. The music playing was tight and the songwriting cut, well, to the bone. Every song on here is hummable and sticks with you -- they have stuck with me for almost 30 years now. This is one overlooked gem from Kris's career so far, and of the singer/songwriting genre in general.

Classic Album

Thank you i tunes for putting this album in your file I have been looking for it for years! There is not a bad song on the album.I wore my vinyl copy out. It is impossible to find on cd.I cannot reccomend this album highly enough. Vintage Kristofferson!


Born: June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After a lengthy period of struggle, Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions...
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