Willie Nelson - Moment of Forever
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Moment of Forever (Lost Highway, 2008)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Rev. Keith A. Gordon

Nearing his 75th birthday, singer/songwriter/icon Willie Nelson remains very busy. Nelson still tours constantly and has released at least an album a year since the turn of the century, including acclaimed collaborations with Ryan Adams and 2007's "Last of the Breed" with Ray Price and Merle Haggard

Co-produced by country superstar Kenny Chesney, this doesn't venture far from Nelson's well-trodden musical path, but the pair still throw a few moments into the mix that might catch casual listeners by surprise. Nelson's voice remains strikingly unique, a rich baritone that has aged remarkably, like a gnarled cypress tree. He'll sometimes strain to hit a note he once soared over, but Nelson's performances here are solid, especially on a brace of well-chosen covers.

Nelson's stark reading of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger" is chilling, while the Kris Kristofferson-penned title track is simply beautiful; the obligatory duet with Chesney - the honky-tonkin' "Worry B Gone" - provides a simple pleasure as the two singers swap verses. An entertaining collection, "Moment Of Forever" is a fine illustration of Nelson's timeless talents.

CDs by Willie Nelson

The Border, 2024 Bluegrass, 2023 Don't Know A Thing About Love, 2023 A Beautiful Time, 2022 That's Life, 2021 First Rose of Spring, 2020 Ride Me Back Home, 2019 My Way, 2018 Last Man Standing, 2018 Willie's Stash Volume 2, 2017 God's Problem Child, 2017 Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, 2016 Band of Brothers, 2014 To All the Girls..., 2013 Let's Face the Music and Dance, 2013 Freedom, 2012 Remember Me Vol. 1, 2011 Country Music, 2010 American Classic, 2009 Lost Highway, 2009 Naked Willie, 2009 One Hell of a Ride, 2008 Moment of Forever, 2008 Songbird, 2006 Live From Austin, TX, 2006 Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006 You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006

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