WILLIE NELSON, AMERICAN CLASSIC

More than 30 years after releasing Stardust—his career-changing album of pop standards—Nelson has gotten around to a sequel. These covers play it safe, but they do showcase the good old boy's versatility, especially the jazzy update of "Always on My Mind," which will make you forget the corniness of his earlier version.

Willie Nelson, American Classic (Blue Note)

More than 30 years after releasing Stardust—his career-changing album of pop standards—Nelson has gotten around to a sequel. These covers play it safe, but they do showcase the good old boy's versatility, especially the jazzy update of "Always on My Mind," which will make you forget the corniness of his earlier version. Matt Hendrickson

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