David Browne
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Milk Cow Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Willie Nelson
genre
Blues

We gave it an C

Willie Nelson’s mellow, nonchalant voice can adapt to many genres, but the blues isn’t one of them. Milk Cow Blues, an anemic amble through standards and Nelson classics, all arranged as supper-club blues, requires a vocal urgency Nelson doesn’t have. The problem’s also made glaringly evident by the oversinging of his duet partners, from Susan Tedeschi to Jonny Lang. Willie and friends amount to little more than the snooze brothers. C

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