• Record Label: PolyGram
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2000
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Like everything else he plays, Nelson's blues are unforced and natural.... The result is emotionally rich, musically savory and languidly blue from end to end.
  2. 70
    Nelson makes his competition sound like thin parodies... he burns the melody down to ashes, never letting a howl do what a moan can do better. [Nov. 2000, p.208]
  3. Fortunately, for most of the album, the soft-but-solid Austin backing band assembled by guitarist/co-producer Derek O'Brien is as well seasoned as Nelson, and shares his gift for making a little go a long way. And, ultimately, the best tracks may well be those sung by Willie alone.
  4. The surprise is how extraordinarily well it all fits together, songs and guest vocalists pulled from all over the landscape, all blues and all inescapably Willie.
  5. 70
    If there is one drawback to this album, it is its somewhat overproduced nature. A little too clean and a little too short, Milk Cow Blues shows glimpses of what could have been, an all-star cast jamming to Willie classics and traditional blues like "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody's Business."
  6. It plays like an enjoyable variety show, since, as opposed to star turns, Willie's company puts in guest appearances, creating a strange mixture of not enough or a little too much (save for Willie's solo turns).
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. RusA
    Feb 25, 2005
    9
    Not a big Willie fan but one can put up with that for the music and guest vocalists
  2. JoshC
    Jan 29, 2004
    10
    Willie is great and sounds great. I love how Willie tries to blend blues and country a little more (even though the whiteman stole the style Willie is great and sounds great. I love how Willie tries to blend blues and country a little more (even though the whiteman stole the style away and called it country) and get away from that ultra conservative genre that is so mainstream in country music. A very liberal man. Toke it up Willie! Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Sep 26, 2003
    10
    CD shows how close country and blues really are...how they both generated and have lived off each other...This is definately a 10 to see one CD shows how close country and blues really are...how they both generated and have lived off each other...This is definately a 10 to see one of the greatest country singers singing with some of the greatest blues singers... Full Review »