‘Feeling Mortal’ Kris Kristofferson
As the title Feeling Mortal implies, singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson confronts the consequences of aging in this album of stripped-to-the-bone acoustic songs. At 76, Kristofferson has grown into his ragged rasp of a voice.
Typical of his past work, Kristoffersons new tunes delineate his feelings in descriptive verse that is unflinchingly honest and ultimately full of wonder. Compassionate toward others and uncompromising about himself, Kristofferson offers heartfelt observations about love, family, morality and the right to be righteously wrong, as stated in the stubbornly independent You Dont Tell Me What To Do.
Throughout, he reminds us of how powerful a plainspoken song can be. He may feel mortal, but he knows a good song can last forever.
– Michael McCall, Associated Press
‘How Country Feels’ Randy Houser
Theres little coincidence that Randy Housers new album, How Country Feels, arrives just as the title track reaches No. 1 on the country radio charts.
Hes sanded away much of the grit that marked his previous work and deploys a more traditional country sound on songs like The Singer, Power of a Song and Like a Cowboy that shows off his vocal versatility and a willingness to explore.
Just when it starts to feel like theres a little too much varnish, Houser closes the album with Route 3 Box 250 D. Its easily his most powerful song, and one we hope gets played on the radio, too.
– Chris Talbott,