KMA1903 Willie Nelson – The Great Divide

The Taranna Was Hot Series: Part 19/25 (Sonic Boom $2.99)

Willie’s records should feel like coming home, his voice the welcoming warmth putting everything at ease. But this record, not unlike Santana’s duets stuff, has too many challenges: duets with Rob Thomas, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Brian McKnight push too far into CMT territory. Bonnie Raitt’s better.

Wonky covers of Just Dropped In and Time After Time are curveballs. But when Willie settles down and just lets himself be Willie, things improve greatly. I want that.

Posted on August 30, 2016, in posts by aaron. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I often find duets on solo albums a bit distracting. I remember one on Jay Z’s the blueprint with Eminem, I like early 2000s jay z, I like early 2000s Eminem, but it was distracting to hear one guest on another’s album!

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  2. Time After Time sounds interesting. I usually don’t go for those duet records…but it’s Willie!!!


  3. I’m a big fan of Mr Nelson, but this is probably one of the worst albums I ever owned. I just didn’t like it and the great moments just weren’t enough to warrant keeping hold of it. I actually think Just Dropped In … is the highlight, though.

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  4. This is exactly the sort of oldie-with-guests LP that I can’t hack – you don’t need all that scaffolding, old dudes!


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