Willy Mason – Carry On

Communion, 2013

A more melancholic Mason returns with his exotic version of rootsy, folk songs that have always seemed ideal for his gravelly voice. Sounding much wiser than his years, the blues and country-inflected stories are timeless, and he tosses in some experimental moments against his always thoughtful wordplay and warm vocal melodies. While his songwriting prowess is as strong as ever, the production has jumped up considerably, which equals a happy listener here.

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