Closer To The Bone - Kris Kristofferson
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter/actor's latest album is again produced by Don Was and features Bob Dylan on the backing vocals of the title track.
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  1. 80
    These are gently rugged country-folk songs made all the more authentic by a chewy voice that, with age, now seems to have deepened its resolve.
  2. Building on the critical goodwill he received from 06s stripped-down This Old Road, the 73-year-old Kristofferson offers another sparsely produced batch of reflective acoustic tunes that he sings with sage simplicity.
  3. If Kristofferson never cuts another record, Closer to the Bone will have been a proud note to end his musical career on.
  4. As the album title suggests, the scale is intimate--confessions and metaphysical ruminations, delivered in a weathered rumble, punctuated by the sound of harmonica and fingers scraping on fretboards.
  5. Kristofferson has dedicated some of his finest work to family and friends and it's those songs that stand out on Closer To The Bone. [Fall 2009, p.75]
  6. The voice may be thinning, but with age comes a quiet still wisdom. [Nov 2009, p.109]
  7. 60
    The honesty of these performances infinitely more important than any finessing. [Oc 2009, p.108]

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