Melissa Maerz
May 11, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT


TV Show
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

It’s a good thing Nelson has so many heroes, because it took a dozen of them to make this set of originals, covers, and collaborations with his sons, Micah and Lukas. He pays tribute to Coldplay with a wrenching solo version of ”The Scientist” and honors country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver with the sad, lovely ”Hero.” (Shaver sings backup, which only makes it more moving.) Elsewhere, Nelson lights up with Snoop Dogg, telling fans to sprinkle their ashes in a joint when they die (”Roll Me Up”). The music on Heroes is less diverse than Nelson’s tastes suggest — it’s all country lite — but there’s a real warmth in his work with his kids. To them, he’s a hero too. B

Best Tracks:
Spare The Scientist
Folky Hero

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