Let's Face the Music and Dance


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Apr 19, 2013
    If last year’s Heroes, with the tongue-in-cheek “Roll Me Up,” was Willie proving he’s still vital, Let’s Face the Music and Dance is a legend who has seen it all reveling in the melancholy of time’s passing.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    As an exercise in showcasing the singer’s inimitably laconic way with a variety of styles it’s a real winner.
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    Let’s Face the Music features some of his strongest and most engaged performances in a decade.
  4. Mojo
    Apr 12, 2013
    Nelson has impeccable taste in cover versions. [May 2013, p.87]
  5. May 6, 2013
    The band isn’t out to break any new ground here, which is what makes the record such a welcome effort; it’s comfortable, graceful, and uniformly pleasant.
  6. Uncut
    Apr 25, 2013
    Nelson being Nelson, this lackadaisy tends toward the affable and charming more often than not. [Jun 2013, p.76]
  7. Apr 12, 2013
    Let's Face the Music and Dance displays Nelson in his natural element: a small combo playing songs as timeless as his wonderfully idiosyncratic voice.
  8. Apr 12, 2013
    An exquisitely contemplative turn into 80.
  9. May 2, 2013
    He sounds more at home and natural on these [jazz] songs than on the country music for which he’s most celebrated, making Let’s Face the Music and Dance one of the most effortlessly enjoyable records in his large catalog.
  10. Apr 12, 2013
    The album sounds as if it were cut in the living room late one night, the bandmembers easing into songs they've always loved but never played.
  11. Apr 16, 2013
    The country singer turns 80 at the end of the month and although much of the album saunters along, Nelson can still fill a song with emotion, as he shows on his own composition The Better Part of Me.
  12. Q Magazine
    Apr 12, 2013
    Pretty much everyone sleepwalks through a cabaret mix of standards and new songs. [May 2013, p.102]

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