Kris Kristofferson

Closer To The Bone (New West)


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Put your ear near the speaker during Closer To The Bone’s opening title track. You’ll hear a familiar voice deep in the background: Bob Dylan, a long-time buddy of Kris Kristofferson’s going back to their Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid days. It’s a small cameo by an enormous personality, delivered in a way that’s appropriate to Closer’s understated allure.

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Building on the critical goodwill he received from 06s stripped-down This Old Road, the 73-year-old Kristofferson offers another sparsely produced batch of reflective acoustic tunes that he sings with sage simplicity. Of all the Johnny Cash tributes over the last couple of years, Closer’s uplifting Good Morning John definitely ranks among the best.

Top track: Good Morning John

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