|Nelson, Willie / Countryman|
|Label:||Lost Highway Records|
|Add Date:||2005-08-14||Pull Date:||2005-10-16||Charts:||Country/Bluegrass|
|Week Ending:||16 Oct||9 Oct||2 Oct||25 Sep||28 Aug|
|1.||Mon, 02 Apr 07:||Sans Dosage|
|4.||Mon, 15 Jan 07:||Sansdosage|
|2.||Mon, 12 Mar 07:||Sans Dosage|
|5.||Wed, 12 Oct 05:||Red West|
Eels in the Loo
|3.||Mon, 22 Jan 07:||Sands Dosage|
|6.||Tue, 04 Oct 05:||Neepa|
Nelson, Willie - Countryman (Lost Highway)|
Reviewed by Sadie O, 8/8/05
Willie Nelson does reggae! Proof positive that if you smoke pot long enough, you WILL eventually do a reggae record. It just can't be helped. All in all, a pleasant mash-up, nothing earthshaking, but nothing not to like, either. Mostly mid-tempo, production (by Don Was) really is mostly C&W with a steady reggae beat - it's not crazy to keep it filed under Country with the rest of Willie's stuff. Almost all songs about lost love (DEFINITLY more a C&W theme than a reggae one!), except tracks 4 and 6 by Jimmy Cliff, and 11 which is about retained love.
No FCC. I dig track 9, but the three covers (3, 4, 6) are good for kicks.
1. 2:48 uptempo, almost like ska with pedal steel. Sounds almost like his drowsy vocals are being pulled along by the beat.
2. 3:22 pedal steel like molasses. I can imagine two-stepping to this.
3. 2:35 **Toots Hibbert (Maytals) duets on this Johnny Cash classic. Interesting vocal counterpoint.
4. 3:38 **sparing accompaniment with loping beat, at least as much cowboy as rude boy. More like remaking Jimmy Cliff as a western song than a reggae tune.
5. 3:14 musically more on the reggae side than the other tracks.
6. 2:41 bubbling keyboards, subdued instrumentation that builds as song goes on.
7. 2:17 sad ballad - actually works so well you wonder how they ever made country songs without the accent on the third beatŠ Mind the fake ending.
8. 3:33 uptempo, nice but nothing that stands out. Some minor key.
9. 2:44 ***perhaps the most successful blend of styles on the record.
10. 3:02 music sounds too happy for the lyrics. Nice guitar solo, though.
11. 3:27 some cool vibrato on one guitar, otherwise like all the rest,
12. 2:32 a bit syncopated, interesting counterpoint to steel and harp.