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Last Man Standing

Willie Nelson

Last Man Standing

Studio album number sixty-seven from the country stalwart, produced and co-written by Buddy Cannon

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There’s not a weak song in earshot, just sharp, funny and insightful lyrics and assured, in-the-pocket musicianship, free of the sheen that features on some of his 21st-century releases, and full of the heart and soul of his best work
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  2. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    Isn’t just a terrific album made by a living legend with nothing left to prove; it’s one of the most joyous, insightful and understated sets from Willie Nelson
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  3. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    You can still hear a bit of wear on his pipes and his strumming of Trigger but otherwise his as lucid as he ever was, an impishness within that reads like someone who can’t quite believe that he’s still above ground and making music in his eighth decade
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  4. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Willie Nelson stares death in the face and sees his whole life flash before him, and puts it on display for the world on 'Last Man Standing'
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Last Man Standing suggests Nelson has no intention of slowing down
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's never morbid, but mortality is a running theme. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The song that strikes deepest is the break-up ballad, Something You Get Through
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Backed by a band who vigorously play to his timeless strengths, he sounds as sprightly as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Willie realizes he's not going to be here forever but he's made up his mind to make the most of his time here, and that's why Last Man Standing feels richer than so many self-conscious meditations on mortality
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  10. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Well into his ninth decade, the country legend is writing songs full of regret, remembrance and resilience
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The harmonica, piano and clean sounding guitars characterize The Last Man Standing. The smart and witty lyrics adorn the western swing album with an acoustic blues rock and rockabilly shine
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