To Willie - Phosphorescent
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  • Summary: Matthew Houck releases his cover album of Willie Nelson songs.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
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  1. 88
    Rather than coming across as note-for-note recreations, each song takes on a new, softer life with Houck's delicate vocals. [Winter 2009, p.98]
  2. 80
    It’s earthy and it’s eloquent--no doubt Willie will approve.
  3. Timeless and universal, everyone can identify with Willie Nelson's songs, as sung by Houck, as Phosphorescent's tales of heartbreak, wasted youth, and harsh introspection.
  4. Houck's impressive effort nonetheless inevitably sends you back to Nelson's originals, only illuminating their brilliance.
  5. To Willie isn’t a particularly dynamic record--even 'I Gotta Get Drunk' sounds sensitive--but Houck has succeeded in communicating his own musical vision through Nelson’s songs, an achievement to which Nelson himself would no doubt raise a glass.
  6. It’s stirring, tragic fare that demonstrates why For Willie is a good introduction for those new to Nelson and Houck alike.
  7. 40
    When Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck and his band pay homage to Nelson, it feels like a greenhorn hitching on to the pothead patron saint's biodiesel wagon as a credibility grab.

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