This Old Road

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This Old Road
Studio album by Kris Kristofferson
Released March 7, 2006
Genre Country
Length 37:15
Label New West
Producer Don Was
Kris Kristofferson chronology
Broken Freedom Song: Live from San Francisco
(2003)
This Old Road
(2006)
Closer to the Bone
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice (dud)[3]

This Old Road is an album by Kris Kristofferson, released in 2006 on New West Records. The underlying theme of the record is a retrospective and reflective look at what Kristofferson deems to have been important elements of his life.

It was his first album of new material since 1995's A Moment of Forever, which was also produced by Don Was.[4] Kristofferson re-recorded two of his songs for the album. The original recording of "This Old Road" was released on Repossessed and the original version of "The Burden of Freedom" appeared on Border Lord.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Thom Jurek gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars and called it a "welcome comeback" for Kristofferson, whom he felt had improved "considerably" as a singer: "Kristofferson is dead-on here, razor-sharp, economical in his language, and to the bone in his insight."[1] By contrast, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice graded it a "dud",[3] indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kris Kristofferson.

  1. "This Old Road" – 3:59
  2. "Pilgrim's Progress" – 2:14
  3. "The Last Thing to Go" – 2:59
  4. "Wild American" – 2:26
  5. "In the News" – 3:30
  6. "The Burden of Freedom" – 3:25
  7. "Chase the Feeling" – 4:06
  8. "Holy Creation" – 4:37
  9. "The Show Goes On" – 3:19
  10. "Thank You for a Life" – 3:44
  11. "Final Attraction" – 2:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Kris Kristofferson - acoustic guitar (1-11), lead vocal (1-11), harmonica (3, 6, 7, 9, 11)
  • Steve Bruton - mandolin (1), acoustic guitar (3, 7, 9, 11), backing vocal (1-3, 7, 9, 11)
  • Don Was - acoustic bass (1, 3, 7, 11), piano (1)
  • Jim Keltner - drums (1, 7)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 36
U.S. Billboard 200 172
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (May 2, 2006). "Consumer Guide: Dear Mr. President". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kris Kristofferson:This Old Road". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 

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