Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. He takes songs easy without throwing them away, and these were written to hold up their end of that bargain.
  2. 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.
  3. Mojo
    American Classic really shines when the velveteen smoothness takes a backseat to that voice. [Sep 2009, p.90]
  4. At the age of 76, the Texas native proves that there is still plenty of stardust left under his cowboy hat.
  5. 78
    The familiar tenor slips in easily with the woozy horns and smooth pianos, sounding confident and at ease--appropriate for the king of cool.
  6. Where 1978’s seminal Stardust was a major statement about the timeless power of a great song, the self-consciously minor American Classic is more of a breezy, diverting aside.
  7. The resultant sound is smooth, classy, and subtle--a sonic horse of a different color from the exquisitely ramshackle earthiness that made "Stardust" so appealing and unusual.
  8. Its sound is lustrous, its personnel impeccable. What’s missing is the sense of conviction that Mr. Nelson brings to his strongest work.
  9. Standards collections from pop artists are de rigueur and Nelson’s trusty touring band has been replaced by a tasteful cocktail-jazz unit.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.

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