The  Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams Image
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  • Summary: Bob Dylan recruited Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Jakob Dylan, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Levon Helm, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Patty Loveless, Jack White, Holly Williams (Hank's granddaughter), and Lucinda Williams to sing some of Hank Williams' unfinished and unrecorded songs.
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  1. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    Even the least attractive and most un-country voices heard here (let's not name names) have a unique, soulful quality that makes them suited for the deeply felt sentiments that fill The Lost Notebooks, a package that finds the heart of real country music still beating and Hank's vital presence anything but lost.
  2. Unlike Woody Guthrie, Williams is loved more for his singing than his lyrics, and boy does some of this retrofitted doggerel lack character as entuned and delivered.
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    On the surface of things, this is a bit of an odd task, taking left-behind lyrics from one of the great songwriters and breathing life into them. But nobody here seems intimidated; they seem honored -- and there are some pretty good songs that come out of the project.
  4. 75
    Though some of the singers struggle with adding fullness to lyrics that could sound overly simplistic in the wrong hands, the legacy of Williams seems most alive, in almost a ventriloquist form, in Alan Jackson's "You've Been Lonesome, Too."
  5. 70
    The songs that stand out here are the ones that have the most authentic feel.
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    70
    Perhaps inevitably, the overall tone is reverent, verging on precious--everyone adheres faithfully to Williams' template of rugged three-chord structures, twanging guitars, weeping violins and keening pedal steel.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    50
    That the album is so wildly uneven perhaps speaks to the underlying quandaries its concept presents.

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