Songbird - Willie Nelson
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  • Summary: Youngster Ryan Adams produced this 11-song mix of originals and covers, which also includes musical backing from Adams' band The Cardinals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. The best Nelson set since 1996's Spirit. [Dec 2006, p.138]
  2. 80
    The sound is urgent and instinctive. [Dec 2006, p.124]
  3. Not all the songs work as well... But Adams dials in the sound of vintage Willie on a new version of "Sad Songs and Waltzes," and suddenly the pairing seems positively inspired.
  4. The Cardinals' indistinct country-rock hybrid muffles the material.
  5. Ultimately Songbird feels a bit rushed, and when you have as gifted a songwriter as Adams working with as gifted a songwriter as the Red-Headed Stranger, it's a bit of a letdown to ponder what they could have done.
  6. [It] feels more like record label franchise building--"And let's get Willie to sing a Grateful Dead song!" "Cool!"--than an actual, like, album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12