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Genres: Country, Pop
The myth of the American West--lawless lands, resolute heroes--takes on a grave, elegiac quality on this first, and best, collaboration from Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. There's litt... more »
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The myth of the American West--lawless lands, resolute heroes--takes on a grave, elegiac quality on this first, and best, collaboration from Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. There's little bravado here, just a sense of ticking time, of frontiers lost, cowboys singing their last songs. In the end, Highwayman works because it fuses mythic, serious material with the artists' own legendary personas and well-aged voices. Lesser lights would be lucky to muddle through Jimmy Webb's epic title track; these four cagey desperados make every fantastic image believable. If Chips Moman surrounds them with less than subtle layers of guitars, keyboards, and drums, he does update vintage progressive country in a suitably cosmic but rugged fashion. Romantic legends and production values notwithstanding, it's the tough, wise singing here that's the real draw. --Roy Kasten
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A Random Act of Philosophy
K. Beach | Minnesota | 11/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Country/western is not my favorite genre...but I could NOT escape the haunting folk song I halfway heard on someone else's radio. Some of you undoubtedly know exactly what I mean. I was "hooked". I HAD to find out what it was and who performed it. I suspect at least a few of you can relate to the shock I experienced when I finally discovered who was behind "Highwayman". How could it be that four county/western legends could/would pen and sing what is arguably the most poignant and muscial song about reincarnation in the English language? I guess the Intelligence behind Eternity finds playful and unexpected ways to touch us and teach us.
If serendipity explains the title track, what about the rest of the CD? To quote South Park's Eric Cartman: "Don't know...don't care." For me, alas, the remaining tracks confirm my first sentence. They simply spin on the CD while the laser dances over the data associated with just one song, again and again. "Highwayman". My only regret is that I cannot give "Highwayman" six stars."