• Record Label: Legacy
  • Release Date: May 15, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    Maybe not vintage Willie, but entertaining enough. [Jul 2012, p.107]
  2. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    [Nelson] moves effortlessly from pop country balladry to well-heated Western Swing. [Jul 2012, p.94]
  3. 60
    While Heroes adds some essential songs to his canon and certainly doesn't diminish his legacy, it ultimately lacks enough of what makes Willie Nelson albums so enjoyable: Willie Nelson himself.
  4. May 17, 2012
    Heroes isn't in that league, [with albums, "Teatro" or "Songbird"] but in its best moments it shows that he's still able to reach, if not necessarily sustain, those dazzling heights.
  5. May 15, 2012
    Makes you long for more Willie, less Willie and Friends.
  6. 60
    He excellently lends Coldplay's 'The Scientist' a terse fragility, but less successful is a sanitised, Sheryl Crow-featuring version of Tom Waits' 'Come On Up To The House'.
  7. 60
    As usual, guests crowd the album... less welcome, though, is the way that vast tranches of the album serve as a showcase for Willie's son, Lukas.
  8. May 11, 2012
    An appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals.
  9. 60
    Offering up a populist mix of original compositions, covers of cowboy classics and contemporary songs in equal measure. This frequently ends up frustrating.
  10. May 21, 2012
    Inconsistency and lack of focus mars Heroes, which relies too heavily on misguided collaborations that don't add anything of value to the album.

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