Nelson clearly doesn’t take themselves too seriously. This version of the release contains a live recording of “More than Ever” with one of them having to stop singing because his voice cracked. Voice cracking is not helpful when you are doing Nelson’s trademark two part harmonies. In short there is not one turkey on this platter. If you liked Nelson even just a tiny bit then you owe yourself a copy. It's time, like me, that you admit your guilty little secret.
Stoner metal guru and heavyweight Wino has pulled an Everlast (of House of Pain fame) and released a stripped down acoustic album. This is not metal in any way, shape, or form. It's outlaw country where emotions are worn on the sleeve and words are heavy with pain. It's one of those albums that gives the listener a glimpse of a serious song-writer doing his craft. It evokes visions of sitting round in his house trying out ideas and seeing where it leads.
The is a great album no matter who released it. Its got all the angst and intensity, but forces you to truly listen do to its mostly acoustic nature. From the title track, through a couple of covers this is just one great acoustic album. Too mellow for some maybe, that does not mean its without merit. If you like Johnny Cash, then this release might be a good fit.
The most accessible thing WINO has ever released, this could open his talents to a whole new audience. Will you see him picking up a CMA award next year? Probably not, but he certainly could tour with Shooter Jennings on the back of this. A genuine pleasure and surprise of an album that rewards in spades.
Well on that rather mellow note, stay safe and rocking as you stumble into 2011.