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  • Summary: The latest full-length studio release for the legendary country singer-songwriter features 11 new songs co-written with producer Buddy Cannon.
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  1. Uncut
    May 11, 2018
    90
    Nelson's voice has lost none of its wry warmth, his fretboard fingers little of their astonishing agility. And the songs here are terrific. [Jun 2018, p.33]
  2. 90
    Last Man Standing isn’t just a terrific album made by a living legend with nothing left to prove; it’s one of the most joyous, insightful and understated sets from Willie Nelson, a guy who acts like his best years are still ahead and refuses to slow down now.
  3. May 10, 2018
    89
    Willie Nelson, 85, keeps going from strength-to-strength, and Last Man Standing is the strongest yet.
  4. Apr 23, 2018
    80
    No longer able to croon as he once did, Nelson opts for playing around with the rhythms of his delivery, a move that makes him seem limber, adding a sense of vitality to Last Man Standing. Willie realizes he's not going to be here forever but he's made up his mind to make the most of his time here, and that's why Last Man Standing feels richer than so many self-conscious meditations on mortality.
  5. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2018
    80
    It's never morbid, but mortality is a running theme. [Jun 2018, p.91]
  6. Apr 23, 2018
    80
    Nelson co-wrote all 11 songs on the album with its producer Buddy Cannon. Cannon keeps the sound clean. One can distinguish each of the instruments on every song. Nelson writes in a variety of styles such as Western Swing, country waltz, honky tonk and other traditional Texas genres. He's joined by top-notch musicians. ... Last Man Standing suggests Nelson has no intention of slowing down.
  7. Apr 23, 2018
    60
    This 73rd studio album stands out from the somewhat erratic output, a winning mixture of confessionals, nostalgia and humour, co-written with producer Buddy Cannon.

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