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  • Summary: The latest release for the country singer-songwriter was produced by Buddy Cannon and features guest appearances from Jamey Johnson, Leon Russell (in one of his final recordings), and Tony Joe White.
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Still Not Dead
I woke up still not dead again today The internet said I had passed away If I died I wasn't dead to stay And I woke up still not dead again... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 27, 2017
    87
    Honesty gives God’s Problem Child heft.
  2. Apr 27, 2017
    80
    There isn't a hint of fussiness and the songs and the performances are so understated, they only seem richer with repeated spins.
  3. Apr 27, 2017
    80
    God's Problem Child is a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson's most moving album in decades.
  4. Apr 27, 2017
    80
    On God’s Problem Child, he sounds a bit like a weathered harmonica: he might have lost some of his higher notes, but he can soar through all the ones that count. The arrangements, which skew more toward classic country and slower tempos than Band Of Brothers, also help highlight Willie’s strengths.
  5. Magnet
    May 18, 2017
    80
    The album's greatest treasures are sadder and subtler, finding their place within the Willie trifecta of love, loss and loneliness. [No. 142, p.59]
  6. May 22, 2017
    80
    From start to finish, God’s Problem Child is a quintessential Willie Nelson record and there are few things in the world better than that.
  7. Mojo
    May 17, 2017
    60
    It's an exploration of the end that assets it's not over. [May 2017, p.88]

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  1. Jan 4, 2018
    9
    Willie Nelson - GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD

    Another octogenarian that is "Still Not Dead" but heartily is joking about the fact, is Austinite
    Willie Nelson - GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD

    Another octogenarian that is "Still Not Dead" but heartily is joking about the fact, is Austinite Willie Nelson who with "GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD" released his best album in almost two decades, not counting his collaboration albums with Ray Price, Kimmie Rhodes, and Wynton Marsalis.
    It's not just the title track, "God's Problem Child," a song written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, who both join Willie together with the late Leon Russell, that will lure you in. There's a tribute by Gary Nicholson for the late Merle Haggard "He Won't Ever Be Gone," the metaphor of a "Butterfly" (Sonny Throckmorton and Mark Sherrill), the reflective, outstanding "Old Timer" by "Funky" Donnie Fritts and Lenny LeBlanc as well as seven songs Willie wrote with his producer Buddy Cannon, "Lady Luck" will you take waltzing, but it's two of the slower songs that will catch your attention, the superb, instant classic, hard-to-get-over-a-lost-love "Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own," a brilliant reworking of "Love Has A Mind Of Its Own" and the sorrowful adaptation of getting old, "It Gets Easier."
    It gets easier to say "some other time"
    It gets easier to tell the world to wait
    And it gets easier to watch the world fly by
    And tell it, "I will catch up, but not today"
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