If Nashville star Kenny Chesney can co-produce a recording for Willie Nelson and it doesn’t all come out sounding like Chesney’s own sand ’n’ surf twaddle, it’s a testament to Nelson’s talent as song stylist and his ability to make the best of a horrible situation. Like when the guy running the session thinks it would be a really cool idea to cut a novelty tune by Big Kenny and have him come in to introduce the tune in a goofy voice. Great.
There’s no mistaking Nelson’s raspy drawl, although the bland arrangements sound as dated as the repertoire choices, which include Randy Newman’s Louisiana 1927 – two years too late – and a misguided crack at Bob Dylan’s Gotta Serve Somebody, which even His Bobness doesn’t play any more unless some wealthy executive is willing to shell out.
The saddest part is that Moment Of Forever will probably sell well just because Chesney’s name is attached.