American Classic - Willie Nelson
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  • Summary: The country singer latest album features American jazz standards with Norah Jones and Diana Krall as guest singers.
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  1. Produced by renowned adult contemporary producer Tommy LiPuma, American Classic-Nelson's finest album since 1998's "Teatro"-contains 12 timeless melodies that bridge the gap between Nelson's love for Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
  2. He takes songs easy without throwing them away, and these were written to hold up their end of that bargain.
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    American Classic really shines when the velveteen smoothness takes a backseat to that voice. [Sep 2009, p.90]
  4. Standards collections from pop artists are de rigueur and Nelson’s trusty touring band has been replaced by a tasteful cocktail-jazz unit. For those reasons, American Classic doesn’t make the indelible mark its predecessor did.
  5. Its sound is lustrous, its personnel impeccable. What’s missing is the sense of conviction that Mr. Nelson brings to his strongest work.
  6. For all his genius, Nelson can be kind of lazy, and this disc--a sequel of sorts to his beloved 1978 standards collection, "Stardust"--he only occasionally sounds like he's trying.
  7. Even taking into consideration his relentless tour schedule, which may be taking its toll on the 76-year-old’s vocals, certain performances sound like a man going through the motions.

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