September 19, 2000
Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country Blues, Progressive Country

Album Review

Willie Nelson's idiosyncratic vocal style has always been heavily influenced by the blues, just as much as it has been by country, pop, and folk, but he'd never recorded a straight blues album until 2000's Milk Cow Blues. Any longtime Nelson fan will undoubtedly be quietly thrilled with the idea of a straight blues album, and the very first notes make it seem like the record will deliver on its promise. Then Francine Reed starts singing. Yes, Milk Cow Blues is designed as a star-studded duets album, which is apparently the only way major labels think a new album from a veteran superstar will attract press attention and fan curiosity. Sometimes, the concept works, at least commercially, as proved by the stunning success of Santana's Supernatural. Here, the idea doesn't work quite as well, with the exception of the appearance of Dr. John. Nelson is in great voice here, and his three solo tracks are outstanding.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Milk Cow Blues
  2. Outskirts of Town
  3. Black Night
  4. Funny How Time Slips Away
  5. Rainy Day Blues
  6. Crazy
  7. The Thrill Is Gone
  8. Wake Me When It's Over
  9. Kansas City
  10. Fool's Paradise
  11. Ain't Nobody's Business
  12. Night Life
  13. Sittin' on Top of the World
  14. Lonely Street
  15. Texas Flood
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