First Rose of Spring

Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #580 / 809
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
Liked by 1 person
July 3, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Legacy / Label
Country / Genres
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ok but what the fuck is that album cover tho
In 2020, does Willie Nelson still has something to say? I think so, although surely none of it is any new, but I'm glad he does. 'First Rose of Spring' is his seventieth (!) studio album. That's impressive and dignified. Sure, some tracks here are just generic country music that are still pleasant, but there are some really good ones too. His voice is clearly more fragile but he still can keep his thick tone practically all the time, and it's convincing that he still got love to demonstrate ... read more
Big respects to Willie for still making music at 87. Not a big country fan but decided to check this out since my dad is such a big fan of his. He's still a great songwriter and this was a pretty decent listen.

Favorite tracks: Just Bummin' Around, I'll Break Out Again Tonight, Yesterday When I Was Young
Least favorite: We Are the Cowboys
Yeah, it's okay.
Willie Nelson has made a great modern comeback after a long period of trash in the 80s and 90s. His last album, Ride Me Back Home, was definitely a great record. It was slow, thoughtful, and enjoyable. That's the classic Willie Nelson I know. It had a great cover, too. The cover for First Rose of Spring, I just have to point out, is absolutely terrible. But the album? Pretty damn good, although it's a definite step down from its predecessor.

this is about love and death, and while it can get ... read more
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Track List

  1. First Rose of Spring
  2. Blue Star
  3. I'll Break Out Again Tonight
  4. Don't Let the Old Man In
  5. Just Bummin' Around
  6. Our Song
  7. We Are the Cowboys
  8. Stealing Home
  9. I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised
  10. Love Just Laughed
  11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier Encore)
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Added on: February 22, 2020