WILLIE NELSON - God's Problem Child (2017)
God's Problem Child, released on April 28, 2017, is the 61st studio album by singer-songwriter Willie Nelson. The album features new songs co-written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon. Using their frequent method, Cannon and Nelson wrote the songs exchanging the lyrics in text messages, while Nelson later recorded his vocals in the studio. The review aggregator website Metacritic reports that that the album has received "universal acclaim". The title track 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 a song written by Cannon's mother, Lyndel Rhodes. It also includes "He Won't Ever Be Gone", a tribute to Merle Haggard written by Gary Nicholson. Seven tracks on the album are written by Nelson and Cannon. Along side traditional music retailers, the release was made available for pre-order on the website PledgeMusic along with promotional merchandise.
Allmusic awarded the album four stars out of five. The review noted an improvement in Nelson's voice, compared to his releases of 2016. Uncut rated the album eight out of ten, and favored Nelson's songwriting, while it called the single "Still Not Dead" one of Nelson's "modern masterpieces". Pichfork summed up the album by calling Nelson "(a) cosmic joker contemplating mortality with endearing humor and touching honesty".
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