"I first heard some 'Teatro' tracks when Willie played Farm Aid in 98. I knew then that I had to get this album. Like I said, I am not a fan of Nelson, nor am I of country music, but the music on this album is superb. It is perfect for those 'lazy' days, or when you just need a stress reliever. My favorite track has to be the version of Lanois' 'The Maker'. Daniel Lanois, who produces 'Teatro', for those who don't know, is a musician who seems to have better success as a producer. He has produced such greats as U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan ('Time Out of Mind' was heralded as Dylan's best work in years, largely due to Lanois). I highly recommend this album to anyone who is at all hesitant in picking it up. You will not be disappointed."
Willie's Tex-Mex Flava!
Cary S. Whitt | Columbus,Ohio USA | 07/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit to hating (and that's being kind) the majority of country mucky muck that pollutes the airwaves of this great nation, but, this is a really great record. From the opening minutes of Teatro, we are entered into a spookier, dustier affair, full of sorrow and regret, a record that is as real as a record can get. This, of course, comes from Willie. One gets the sense of personal struggle and heartbreak, but without all the cheesy, twangy hang-ups that plague CMT. Another reason for the record's success is the hauntingly beautiful production from Daniel Lanois. Listeners may know his work with Scott Weiland, Bob Dylan or U2's masterful Joshua Tree. Lanois adds this chilling quality to this very Texan/Mexican guitar album, you can almost feel the sun dried hands that these songs where created with. I esp. loved the cover of Daniel Lanois' very own tune, "The Maker". It's a song that sounds like it's an out-take from The Joshua Tree, U2 fans will absolutely love this one. Another highlight is the regretful, "I Never Cared For You". Strangly upbeat, it best represents what the disc has to offer, a lot of feeling and Spanish stylings - it just plain beautiful! I expected this to be a interesting, smart record at the very least, it well surpassed that and a whole lot more. Thanks Willie for giving country a respectable name once again."
Absolutely stunning. One of the best of 350 albums I own.
S. Burton | 11/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I mostly enjoy classical and opera. However---- my Texas girlfriend recently introduced me (not personally) to Willie Nelson. I am struck. So struck in fact, that this is my first review for Amazon. I was that moved on hearing Teatro. Its rhythms are with me now. You must hear this CD, especially on a great audio system. It is superbly recorded. But even on a boombox, its beat and its message are arresting. I thought, at first, it might be one of those CDs you love cause you are in a certain MOOD. But I have been through many moods, and this CD is always as wonderful and as beautiful as it was on first hearing. Just inventive and propulsive and.. what else can you say. Sadly, I've bought several other Willie albums since this, and I just cant seem to recapture the feeling this one gives me. Moonlight in Vermont jus' don' cut it. It is no Teatro. Nothing is."
Better than you can imagine
GPM | New York, NY USA | 01/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD was recommended by the concession cashiers at a Willie Nelson concert. There were five CDs on sale. There were four cashiers and they were unanimous about Teatro. They were right. Brilliant shuffles with rock solid rhythms alternate with contemplative ballads featuring Willie's perfect emotional pitch. The first time you play it, it becomes a familiar old friend; you can't believe you haven't owned it for years. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour, an instrumental tribute to Django Reinhart, feeds directly into I Never Cared For You, where a man struggles to convince a distrustful woman that he truly loves her, using her mistrust as the tool that will make her believe. Both music and voice are dead on. Darkness On The Face Of The Earth is the type of straight ahead rocker that you keep singing along with even after you've parked your car. These Lonely Nights similarly captures Willie in his best Whiskey River mode. And anytime you're in a lull, just punch in track 12 (Three Days). Despite a middle section of slow tunes, Teatro is the pefect road companion. The best tracks on this CD don't just make your body move, they make your car sail down the highway. I haven't played another CD in the car in six months. Just teriffic."
A mesmerizing listen, understated brilliance.
S. Burton | Maryland | 07/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had been slowly listening and rediscovering the Willie Nelson catalog when I bought Teatro. From the opening chords I knew this would be different. The production of Daniel Lanois really complements Willie's distinctive guitar, and seemingly effortless vocals. Emmylou Harris adds her brilliance on backing vocals on most of the songs, but shines brightest on "Just can't let you say goodbye," and "Everywhere I go." This CD contains some of the most haunting and moving songs I've heard in a long time. With each listen I've come to love it more. This album reminds me of two of my favorites, Neil Young's Harvest Moon, and Cassandra Wilson's New Moon Daughter. This CD defies categorization in my opinion, it's just very good music. Willie (as well as Emmylou)is a timeless American treasure that many of today's artists could learn alot from."