Heroes 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… Heroes 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… 2012-05-15 Willie Nelson Country Legacy
Music Review

Heroes (2012)

FAMILY AFFAIR Nelson effectively covers artists from Coldplay to Snoop Dogg with the help of his musical sons
FAMILY AFFAIR Nelson effectively covers artists from Coldplay to Snoop Dogg with the help of his musical sons
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 15, 2012; Lead Performance: Willie Nelson; Genre: Country; Production: Legacy

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
Originally posted May 09, 2012 Published in issue #1207 May 18, 2012 Order article reprints
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