Review: Kris Kristofferson "Closer To The Bone"

Kris Kristofferson never disappoints, and his new album is no exception. "Closer To The Bone" is the most intimate album of his career. It also might be his best.

Grammy award winning producer Don Was produced Kristofferson's last CD, and he also took the helm of "Closer To The Bone." Kris Kristofferson's new album proves that this legendary actor, singer/songwriter and outlaw has lost none of the passionate intensity that made him a star in the first place.

The album begins with the title track "Closer To The Bone," which reminds listeners of Kristofferson's Highwayman days. His voice has never sounded better, and Kris Kristofferson's songwriting talent is more than deserving of the BMI Icon Award he will receive later this fall.

The most personal track on the album is the quiet "From Here To Forever," which Kristofferson wrote for his children. It's a love song and tribute that any child would treasure for the rest of their life. "Hall Of Angels" also showcases Kristofferson's iconic voice, and the lyrics penetrate the soul.

The best song on the album is "Starlight And Stone," because it has a raw emotion that allows Kris Krisofferson to discuss his well-known hard-living ways in the form of a love song. The  lyrics also showcase his more vulnerable side. He sings" "Be who you are; just as long as you can. Know in your heart I'm still your man." The track "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" is also a terrific musical work.

The biggest surprise on the album is "Sister Sinead," which is an Americana gem with stripped-down instrumentation and wise words of advice in the lyrics. "Let The Walls Come Down" is a melodic sing-along song that works on all levels. Other successful tracks include "Good Morning John," "Tell Me One More Time" and "Holy Woman."

Kris Kristofferson and producer Don Was deserve high praise for creating a classic album that transcends musical genres. The heartfelt lyrics and warm vocal performance by Kristofferson on "Closer To The Bone" make this one of the best albums of the year.

On the album cover, Kristofferson is shown wearing a black shirt with his right hand resting casually on his guitar. He's also wearing a very satisfied smile. You'll be wearing the same satisfied expression every time you listen to "Closer To The Bone."