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Here's Willie taking a bit of a hard left again, enlisting Music Row veteran Buddy Cannon and mainstream superstar Kenny Chesney as co-producers and coming up with an album that reflects sensibilities ranging from coffeehouse intimate to arena grandeur. Willie's self-penned tearjerker "Over You Again" starts things off on a mysterious, ethereal note, with ghostly sound swirling all around him and a lonely, crying guitar punctuating his vocals. From this wrenching moment he dives into Kris Kristofferson's "Moment of Forever," a decidedly more charitable view of an old flame's persistence in memory, dominated by acoustic guitar and piano, redolent of a cabaret song. The ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Here's Willie taking a bit of a hard left again, enlisting Music Row veteran Buddy Cannon and mainstream superstar Kenny Chesney as co-producers and coming up with an album that reflects sensibilities ranging from coffeehouse intimate to arena grandeur. Willie's self-penned tearjerker "Over You Again" starts things off on a mysterious, ethereal note, with ghostly sound swirling all around him and a lonely, crying guitar punctuating his vocals. From this wrenching moment he dives into Kris Kristofferson's "Moment of Forever," a decidedly more charitable view of an old flame's persistence in memory, dominated by acoustic guitar and piano, redolent of a cabaret song. The navel-gazing done, Willie then goes for the gusto in a series of boisterous, rock- and soul-fueled songs such as the jittery, southern soul-style workout "Takin' On Water," and a bluesy duet with Chesney on "Worry B Gone," a slithery, laid-back number penned jointly by Guy Clark, Gary Nicholson, and Lee Roy Parnell. On a topical note, Randy Newman's ever-relevant ballad "Louisiana," with its chilling line, "Louisiana, they're trying to wash us away," is a poignant evocation of enduring troubles, with Willie sermonizing over a church piano before the full band enters with a nuanced, heart-tugging background hum; and the album closes in stirring fashion with a percolating version of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," with a protesting horn section and Mickey Raphael's harmonica moans accenting -- or railing against -- the lyrics' assertion that everything has a price, metaphysical or otherwise, out in the material world. To which a bemused Willie, rolling on, seems to say, "Send me the bill."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's an old axiom that Martin Scorsese often recites when explaining his career choices, citing that you first make a movie for the studio, then you make one for yourself. Willie Nelson has almost been following that creed while toiling away on Lost Highway in the 2000s, alternating between old-fashioned country records for his old fans, then star-studded collaborations aimed at a newer audiences. As Nelson is a musical omnivore, such stylistic hopscotch didn't feel forced, even when Willie ventured into such ill-advised experiments as the 2005 reggae excursion The Countryman, yet it nevertheless felt that he'd sing anything that came his way. Moment of Forever, the 2008 album produced by modern-day superstar Kenny Chesney and his longtime comrade Buddy Cannon, doesn't erase that impression, as it's wildly inconsistent in mood and material, finding room for sensitive songs from Kris Kristofferson and boorish tunes from Big Kenny, half of Nashville titans Big & Rich. Big Kenny's lazy, slobbering "The Bob Song" is everything that could go wrong with Willie singing a contemporary country record, suggesting that the very idea behind Moment of Forever -- to give Nelson his first full-fledged modern country album in eons -- is misconceived, but the album actually is far slyer than this misstep would suggest. Yes, this attempt at the Muzk Mafia's gonzo humor doesn't work, nor is it the only awkward moment here; it's paired with a moribund reading of Dave Matthews' "Gravedigger," where Willie valiantly attempts to navigate Matthews' twisting prose but to no avail. Both "The Bob Song" and "Gravedigger" are signs that Chesney and Cannon are in tune with modern markets that would be open to embracing Willie, so they work in conception if not execution. Fortunately, they're also in tune with much of the best of Nelson's music, giving him room to sing such finely modulated originals as "Over You Again" and "Always Now" (the latter balancing Chesney's slightly treacly "I'm Alive") and a lovely reading of Paul Craft's "Keep Me Blowing Away," but also letting Willie tell jokes, whether if it's in the guise of a loose, funny duet with Kenny on Guy Clark's "Worry B Gone" or "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore." These are the moments that give Moment of Forever heart, the moments that last once the overinflated R&B grooves of "Takin' on Water" and monochromatic jam on Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" pass, as they're the moments that flow easily and freely, and there are just enough of them to make Moment of Forever another solid Willie Nelson album, and perhaps one of the better contemporary-oriented ones of the past few years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517236226
  • Catalog Number: 001045302

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Synthesizer
Eric Darken Percussion
John Williams [guitar] Acoustic Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Gary Prim Piano, Hammond Organ
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Buddy Cannon Background Vocals
Melonie Cannon Background Vocals
Jim Chapman Background Vocals
Kenny Chesney Background Vocals
Chris Dunn Trombone
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Hobbs Piano, Keyboards
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums
Sam Levine Tenor Saxophone
Randy McCormick Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Larry Paxton Bass, Cello, Sousaphone, Fretless Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Tim Stafford Acoustic Guitar
Quentin Ware Trumpet
Steve Herman Trumpet
Wyatt Beard Background Vocals
Mark Tamburino Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Lee Roy Parnell Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dave Loggins Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Dennis Robbins Composer
Buddy Cannon Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Butch Carr Engineer
Kenny Chesney Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Paul Craft Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Gary Nicholson Composer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Daniel Timms Composer
Tony Castle Engineer
Micah Nelson Composer
Big Kenny Composer
David McClister Inlay Photography
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Mark Tamburino Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Having been a Willie fan since I was 10 years old (when "On The Road Again" was a new song), I have to say this is not a disappointment, but not a CD I would rave about. There are great tracks here, like the opener, written by Willie and his 2 sons, the Kristofferson cover (I love the original by Kris, it's awesome), Always Now, You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore, Worry B Gone and I'm Alive, are the standouts for me. Gravedigger and Gotta Serve Somebody are pretty good too. Louisiana is a good song but a little late to be considered timely after Hurricane Katrina, and Keep Me From Blowin' Away is a good one too. When I Was Young And Grandma Wasn't Old is okay. Definitely not wild about Takin' On Water and really don't care for The Bob Song (which I personally see as a sad attempt by Kenny Chesney to get Willie to buy into what I call the "Little and Poor" pseudo-country of big and rich). Overall, Willie's voice sounds fantastic!! His guitar playing is great too. There have been albums in recent years where his vocals and playing sounded like he was going through the motions, but not on this album. Despite the weakness of some of the material, Willie jumps on it and really puts out. Personally I think Willie needs to hunker down at Pedernales Studios with the Family Band and produce himself a good solid, original Willie album of all brand new material. That's what his long time fans really want. True Willie collectors will want this album for their collection, but casual listeners to The Red Headed Stranger will be better served to check out the better tracks from this CD on itunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The man is a Texas treasure and Willie does it again in spite of Kenny Chesney's involvement.

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