For the Good Times


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 10, 2012
    For fans of what country was, For The Good Times could well be a hope chest for what could yet again be.
  2. Jan 17, 2012
    For the Good Times [is] colorful and quietly engaging.
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    They're kindred spirits whose affection for these country classics, from tearjerkers to barn burners, is unabashed. But they're also not afraid to put their stamp on them.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 9, 2012
    The Little Willies keep things gorgeously spartan, with barely an unnecessary note placed anywhere. [Feb 2012, p.93]
  5. Jan 9, 2012
    Fans of Jones's solo work may find For The Good Times a bit too country for their taste, but anyone who was won over by their debut will find a lot more to love about this new outing.
  6. Jan 9, 2012
    There's plenty of care taken with these covers, the players evidently keen to not tarnish their own memories of the songs in question.
  7. Very musical, it is, if ever so slightly coffee table.
  8. Jan 11, 2012
    Every note is crafted with care and attention by all five members and it's evident in each one that, for them, this is what fun sounds like.
  9. Jan 9, 2012
    While the album sticks to the general formula of its predecessor (covers of classic country tunes with a focus on thoughtful, creative arrangements), the consistently on-point execution of that formula makes For the Good Times an endlessly likable record.
  10. Jan 10, 2012
    Norah Jones and her country-music-loving buddies have reconvened for another side project that leisurely follows their sprightly 2006 debut.
  11. Mojo
    Jan 31, 2012
    Though her fellow Willies may not possess her audience-pulling ability, they lack nothing in the way of talent. [Feb 2012, p.94]
  12. 60
    Equal parts good time and fresh, original takes on these classic tracks, the band offers a medley of styles that color these standards in a new light.
  13. Jan 20, 2012
    Their straight-shooting renditions don't reinterpret material so much as celebrate it wholly.
  14. Jan 10, 2012
    Even if the whole affair is something of a lark, Norah's songbird stylings and The Willies' uncluttered arrangements send it skyward.
  15. 60
    Stellar side projects often run the risk of sounding smug, but over these 12 varied selections, the Little Willies put the American songbook first.
  16. 60
    Norah and fellow vocalist Richard Julian bring a warm, smoky charm to their harmonies, while lead guitarist Jim Campilongo stitches together songs.
  17. Jan 19, 2012
    Problems arise with second vocalist Richard Julian, whose mild tenor is the musical equivalent of beige.

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