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.
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).
The duets always seem like an intrusion to his musical vision, especially since everybody except Dr. John oversells these songs, singing like a cliché instead of finding their own sound. It's all the more frustrating because Nelson really does find his voice on each song here, a fact that's apparent on the three songs he has to himself...
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|Your Arsenal [Definitive Master] - Morrissey|
|The Long Goodbye: Live at Madison Square Garden - LCD Soundsystem|
|Lese Majesty - Shabazz Palaces|
|Only Run - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah|
|Conversations - Woman's Hour|
|Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic|
|From Parts Unknown - Every Time I Die|
|Yes! - Jason Mraz|
|Led Zeppelin I [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Nightclubbing [Deluxe Edition] - Grace Jones|
|Led Zeppelin II [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|First Mind - Nick Mulvey|
|∞ (Infinity) - Yann Tiersen|
|RetroHash - Asher Roth|
|Salad Days - Mac DeMarco|
|Range of Light - S. Carey|
|Piñata - Freddie Gibbs|
|Familiars - The Antlers|
|So It Goes - Ratking|