This Old Road - Kris Kristofferson
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  • Summary: This is the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's first studio album in nearly a dozen years.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
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  1. Everything... sounds struggled over, from his ruminative lyrics to that rode-hard-'n'-put-away-wet voice. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
  2. 80
    For a studio album it sounds remarkably like a live one. [Mar 2006, p.90]
  3. An album that is not only one of the very best in his career but likely one of the best you'll hear from any singer-songwriter this year. [#13, p.86]
  4. As a singer, Kristofferson remains a hell of an actor, but there is a lot to love about this record. [11 Mar 2006]
  5. One of the finest albums in his storied career. [9 Mar 2006, p.88]
  6. If the delivery is occasionally lacking, the writing, as anyone would expect, is This Old Road's selling point, and in that regard the album is undoubtedly a success.
  7. It’s great to have Kristofferson back writing songs again, although it still feels like he’s only half the way back.

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  1. RustinT
    Mar 15, 2006
    9
    The songs on This Old Road share the same structural simplicity as the classics he's wriitten and so many artists have covered, but Kristofferson is singing with such a deep authenticity, an austere growling intensity, that the effect is haunting and, at times, chilling. This is a masterful work, rich with rebellion, insight, and melancholy. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Nov 5, 2006
    9
    Kris and his guitar. No fluff. Honest. Gruff. Music at its purest. Find out why Johnny Cash called him the best song writer in Nashville. Kristofferson shines and cements his status as a legend as he rides off into the sunset. Expand
  3. klassv
    Jun 4, 2006
    9
    deep and moving as life
  4. Alan
    Aug 1, 2006
    9
    I have been an avid fan of KK's music for well over 30 years. I have enjoyed each (original) album, always considering, until now, "Kristofferson" to be his finest work. I have grown to appreciate that singer/songwriters of KK's calibre, should be presented in, what I call, an "intimate" environment. That is to say, a small venue where the performer and the audience can develop a "relationship". "This Old Road" does just that, by removing the "polish" of the fancy studio recordings and providing the listener the true emotion reflected in the voice and the music. I wonder how his earlier albums would have been received, if they had been presented in a similar fashion. Expand
  5. LawrenceH
    Mar 20, 2006
    8
    While this work is so minimalist musically, bare bones spare in the songs' arrangements, the naked confessional voice of KK is haunting in its unabashed honesty. The lyrics fit the musical settings perfectly. There is an underlying theme to these songs, equating metaphorically the sense of powerlessness and vulnerability coming with aging and from the increasing intolerance and conservatism of our rulers and leaders. KK's bourbon-soaked voice is pitched just right for these songs. Perhaps the CD, already short could have been pruned a song or two to a 32 minute outing. The CD does become a tad monotonous 3/4 through, but the last song, albeit bordering on the corny, is a winner and fine closer to this excellent work. Expand