Glen Campbell's peer, Willie Nelson, released a new studio album, "God's Problem Child" on April 28, 2017, the eve of his 84th birthday. It is his 61st studio album and has already entered the Billboard Country chart at No. 1, making it the artist's second U.S. country chart-topper in less than two years. His 2015 release, "Django and Jimmie," a musical collaboration with Merle Haggard, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country chart in June of that year. In February 2017, Willie Nelson took home the win for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin" at the Grammy Awards (see related post below).
The title track of "God's Problem Child" was written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White and features vocals by Leon Russell in one of his last recordings. Alison Krauss provides background vocals on the tracks "True Love" and "Little House on the Hill". The original album title, I'm Not Dead, refers to the recurrent hoaxes announcing Nelson's death. "Delete and Fast-Forward" describes Nelson's view on the 2016 United States elections. The release includes "He Won't Ever Be Gone", a tribute song penned by Gary Nicholson for Merle Haggard.
This album is one of Nelson's first albums to address mortality and gives it both serious contemplation and humor. Happily, "Trigger" (the name of Nelson's most well-known, most-beloved guitar) figures prominently throughout the recordings and is also pictured in the liner notes for the CD format.
Billboard describes "God's Problem Child" as...
a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson's most moving album in decades.
CMT's review (excerpt):
OK, music lovers, lift a toast or hit your applause button app in honor of the irreplaceable Willie Nelson, who tops Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with his puckishly dubbed God’s Problem Child.
God should have more kids like that.
NPR's review (excerpt):
He still sings with grace, and it's moving to hear his vocal instrument finally beginning to betray a bit of frailty in his ninth decade. Temperate, fickle and revelatory in turns, his is truly a voice to trust.
Below are two music videos promoting "God's Problem Child", released on Willie Nelson's official YT channel and representing the different emotions beautifully expressed by Willie Nelson in one of his best and most personal albums in years:
Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/album ... ld-w478894
CMT: http://www.cmt.com/news/1781225/willie- ... lem-child/
NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/20/524393534 ... blem-child
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