Mean Old Man

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  • Summary: The rock-and-roll legend's latest release is his second album of duets with such artists as Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, and Slash.
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  • Record Label: Verve
  • Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Progressive Country, Outlaw Country, Honky Tonk
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  1. This album of covers brims with intensely organic and engaging moments, breathing new life into songs that could've just hung out like tired old windbags.
  2. Do too many cooks spoil this classic rock 'n' roll concoction? Hell, no.
  3. Uncut
    Lewis' piano still sounds as urgent and uncontained as it did whrn rock'n'roll was invented on it, and his insouciant snarl remains thrillingly feral. [Nov 2010, p.93]
  4. With each track designed as a showcase for the featured guest, Mean Old Man winds up playing a little like a collection of moments but it's hard to complain when the moments prove that you can still be vigorous and vital at the age of 74.
  5. He sounds old, all right, but in the best way: This is the voice of a man who has seen, and done, it all.
  6. As with most feature-heavy albums, some of the duets fall flat....Still, there is some real magic to be had on Mean Old Man.
  7. Q Magazine
    Not a lot of thought has gone into changing the formula. [Nov 2010, p.111]

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