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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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Closer To The Bone
Ain't it kinda funny Ain't it just the way though Ain't 'cha gettin' better Runnin' out of time Making pretty music Closer to your feelings Working... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. If Kristofferson never cuts another record, Closer to the Bone will have been a proud note to end his musical career on.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Under The Radar
    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]
  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. Q Magazine
    The voice may be thinning, but with age comes a quiet still wisdom. [Nov 2009, p.109]
  7. Mojo
    The honesty of these performances infinitely more important than any finessing. [Oc 2009, p.108]

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