• 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. May 11, 2012
    An appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals.
  2. 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.
  3. Uncut
    May 14, 2012
    Heroes may be elegiac, but it's as spirited as it is poignant. [Jun 2012, p.70]
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    Maybe not vintage Willie, but entertaining enough. [Jul 2012, p.107]
  5. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    [Nelson] moves effortlessly from pop country balladry to well-heated Western Swing. [Jul 2012, p.94]
  6. May 15, 2012
    Makes you long for more Willie, less Willie and Friends.
  7. 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'.
  8. May 17, 2012
    Nelson's voice is the shining star on this album, and that feels like the only thing that matters.
  9. 75
    The music on Heroes is less diverse than Nelson's tastes suggest--it's all country lite--but there's a real warmth in his work with his kids.
  10. 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.
  11. May 16, 2012
    Dig deeper into Heroes and you might find a newfound respect for the aging outlaw.
  12. 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.
  13. May 18, 2012
    If anyone asks how Heroes differs from the 65 Willie Nelson studio albums that preceded it, the happy answer is: not much. The expressive, intimate tenor, the matchless musical instinct and Willie's distinctive ringing guitar lines are just as compelling, and just as delightful, as ever.
  14. Sep 6, 2012
    It's a heroic effort all around.
  15. 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.
  16. 60
    Offering up a populist mix of original compositions, covers of cowboy classics and contemporary songs in equal measure. This frequently ends up frustrating.
  17. May 11, 2012
    The playing is lovely, lilting and delicate.
  18. I decided that Lukas's stoned-hillbilly affect was just what his dad needed to distinguish this particular assortment of what-thes, why-hasn't-he-evers,​ and written-to-orders from rival entries in his unchartable catalogue.
  19. Jun 1, 2012
    Heroes indicates that the future is in good hands.

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