Preview God's Problem Child by Willie Nelson
God's Problem Child by Willie Nelson
Obviously nothing needs to said to introduce Willie Nelson. He's a cultural icon at this point. He represents so many things to so many people. He's the Outlaw Country guy He's the traditional Texas Troubadour. He's the pot smoking hippie. And lately, he's the role model of aging gracefully and not giving up on what you love just because you're getting old.
He keeps cranking out the albums and God's Problem Child is just as entertaining and creative as any of his past gazillion albums. Yeah, the energy level is might not be the same as his past days. But every single song feels like a long-time friend is there with you, passing the time, enjoying the moment. The title track is the perfect example, Willie Nelson gets help from Tony Joe White and Leon Russel and Jamie Johnson on the track. It's like they are just sitting around trading lines back and forth on the song.
"Little House On The Hill" is a another stand out track. It's the perfect Willie Nelson song. It has an upbeat easy rolling cadence to it. Just right for patting your foot or clapping along. It's secular track, but there's just a hint of old time religion and revival feel to it. "A Woman's Love" is the heartbreaker track on the album. It's got a Latin rhythm to it which Willie uses the make these huge romantic statements.
Yes, there are songs about getting old. But they are not sad songs, nor are the songs that trivialize getting old. "Still Not Dead" is a humorous song about the rumors that occasionally float around the internet that he's passed away. I also thing "Delete And Fast Forward" is a song about getting older and it's all about not wasting time on the crap in life. But the poignant track about getting old is "It Gets Easier." I would say that's the linchpin track of the album.