Heroes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to the Columbia/Sony family after nearly two decades away, Willie Nelson once again tries to be everything to everybody on 2012's Heroes, an appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals. Heroes -- its title signifying no great concept -- is roughly divided into quarters, with part of the album devoted to the Western swing and Texas country he's always loved to sing, part consisting of new songs from Willie, part originals from his son Lukas, and part covers of newer, rock-oriented tunes from the likes of Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, and Chris Martin. Each of these categories is a bit hit-or-miss, either succumbing to cutesy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to the Columbia/Sony family after nearly two decades away, Willie Nelson once again tries to be everything to everybody on 2012's Heroes, an appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals. Heroes -- its title signifying no great concept -- is roughly divided into quarters, with part of the album devoted to the Western swing and Texas country he's always loved to sing, part consisting of new songs from Willie, part originals from his son Lukas, and part covers of newer, rock-oriented tunes from the likes of Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, and Chris Martin. Each of these categories is a bit hit-or-miss, either succumbing to cutesy novelty the dope-smoking anthem "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," complete with country cadences from a non-rapping Snoop Dogg or laziness, and there's a wee bit too much Lukas Nelson scattered throughout the record, with the son of the father singing on no less than nine of the album's 14 songs. This can be too much of a strong spice, obscuring the overall flavor of the music, but Lukas contributes a couple of the record's best songs in "Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her" and "The Sound of Your Memory," songs that fit well next to a quite beautiful version of Vedder's "Just Breathe" and yet another strong, swinging rendition of "My Window Faces the South." And so Heroes kind of winds up summarizing all that's good and bad about Willie as he approaches his 80th birthday: he's open to everything but has no innate editor, so he whiffs as often as he connects, but when he does connect, it's a wonder to behold...and somehow he can still surprise whenever he sings those old songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919604825
  • Catalog Number: 196048
  • Sales rank: 11,393

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kris Kristofferson Background Vocals
Paul Shaffer Hammond B3
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Steve Brewster Drums
Buddy Cannon Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals
Melonie Cannon Background Vocals
Butch Carr Synthesizer
Kevin Grantt Bass
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Justin Stanley Drums, Keyboards
Bobby Terry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Creasman Drums
Doyle Bramhall II Bass, Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Lance Miller Background Vocals
Lukas Nelson Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Wayne Carson Composer
Rich Alves Composer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Buddy Cannon Composer, Producer
Butch Carr Engineer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Justin Stanley Producer, Engineer
Eddie Vedder Composer
Jeremy Brown Engineer
Doyle Bramhall II Producer
Eric Fritsch Engineer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Steve Chadie Engineer
Abner Silver Composer
Micah Nelson Composer
T.W. Cargile Engineer
Chris Martin Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Lukas Nelson Composer
Jonny Buckland Composer
Travis "Shaggy" Marshall Engineer
Mike McQuerry Composer
John "Ace" Otten Engineer
Elizabeth Rainey Composer
John Colgin Composer
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