Closer To The Bone

  • Record Label: New West
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2009
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. If Kristofferson never cuts another record, Closer to the Bone will have been a proud note to end his musical career on.
  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. 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.
  4. With Closer to the Bone Kristofferson digs deep into his long and troubled past to bring listeners one of his most beautiful moments.
  5. 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.
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    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]

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