5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning. One of the best of 350 albums I own.
I mostly enjoy classical and opera. However---- my Texas girlfriend recently introduced me (not personally) to Willie Nelson. I am struck. So struck in fact, that this is my first review for Amazon. I was that moved on hearing Teatro. Its rhythms are with me now. You must hear this CD, especially on a great audio system. It is superbly recorded. But even on a...
Published on Nov. 10 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars songs are great --but those drums have to go!!
The songs selection on this album are great. BUT -- why are the drums seemingly drowning out Willie? -- and why are the drums seemingly out of step with the song type ; i.e. - sad thoughtful song should be accompanied by simular drimming (if any) - should be released with out emphasis on the druming. Could have been a sucessfull as SPIRIT but, not with those damn...
Published on Nov. 3 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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2.0 out of 5 stars The drums ruined it for me, too,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)Like several other reviewers, I'm a youngish but longtime "closet" Willie fan. I knew of Teatro's critical acclaim, I like a lot of Lanois' other work, and was expecting to be impressed. Some of the songwriting is lukewarm compared to his classics, but Willie and his guitar work are as fine as ever, and Emmylou Harris' backup is a perfect fit. But those drums-- a crime! They are pushed absurdly too far forward in the mix, insisting "hey listen to me! ME!" Considering how soulless they are, why are they allowed to dominate? Especially the cymbals are literally nonstop and repetitive, and drove me nuts. I went from primed for a good listening session to drop-jawed disbelief.
This is my first review ever, and it's too bad that it took such a disappointment! Dig through some of Willie's back catalog, where he is backed far better, before buying Teatro.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning. One of the best of 350 albums I own.,
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This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)I mostly enjoy classical and opera. However---- my Texas girlfriend recently introduced me (not personally) to Willie Nelson. I am struck. So struck in fact, that this is my first review for Amazon. I was that moved on hearing Teatro. Its rhythms are with me now. You must hear this CD, especially on a great audio system. It is superbly recorded. But even on a boombox, its beat and its message are arresting. I thought, at first, it might be one of those CDs you love cause you are in a certain MOOD. But I have been through many moods, and this CD is always as wonderful and as beautiful as it was on first hearing. Just inventive and propulsive and.. what else can you say. Sadly, I've bought several other Willie albums since this, and I just cant seem to recapture the feeling this one gives me. Moonlight in Vermont jus' don' cut it. It is no Teatro. Nothing is.
5.0 out of 5 stars this cd is for everyone...,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)i grew up in a country household and rebelled as soon as i was old enough to open the cd player for myself. but as i have gotten older, i have come to realize there is something classic and universal to willie nelson. he is not so much country as he is human. his lyrics, the strums on his guitar, his ecclectic beats all come together in this album in such a unique way. this is totally mellow and chill but the music will still bring you to your knees. my normal rotation includes radiohead, rusted root, the pixies, and alice in chains, to name a few, but teatro always has a way of sneaking in there. such an utterly refreshing album from the master of song. and i can listen to it with my dad.
2.0 out of 5 stars great song writing, drums pushed too far forward,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)Willie Nelson has always had a timeless feeling about his music- he is very good at finding the nucleus of a song and breaking it down into that- overprduction has never suited him. That is why albums like Red Headed Stranger worked so well.
Teatro could be a great album, but for me it is difficult to get passed the drums that are pushed so far in front of the mix that when played low, that is all you can hear. I think that D. Lanios is a very talented producer who has helped bands like U2 and Peter Gabriel reach thier comercial peaks, but in my opinion Willie Nelson does not need much to get the idea or sound across. At times this sound does work like on "the Maker" (which I think was written by Lanios) but in others it just sounds like a forced Lanois-styled stamp just so the listeners know that he produced it.
As for the positives I think there are some really good playing by all the musicians- Emmylou Harris's harmonies are very interesting the way she kind of sings a step behind Willie making it feel improvised and fresh. Willie's guitar solo's are subtle and beautiful as always- and I think that the remakes of some of the older song are great improvements.
Its hard to recommend this album becuase of the production, I wish there was a way to move the drums back in the mix so that the writing and proformances could really come through more. This would have been a five star album if not for this one major flaw. If you are curious about recent Willie Nelson albums I would recommend Across the Borderline ('94) which has some great originals and covers as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Willie. Perfect arrangements and delivery.,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)As buried or forgotten as this CD normally is in any Willie Nelson conversation, it's a real shame. This is the most compelling Willie Nelson record I've ever heard. It's been in my CD player regularly since it came out. The production isn't lean and stripped down like Red Headed Stranger, but the arrangements here just work perfectly. Nelson's guitar work and vocal phrasing are front and center, Emmylou's harmony vocals are supreme, and the latin-Texas rythmic thing is infectuous. My hat is off to Daniel Lanois. I think he did more to capture an artists "sound" with this record better than Bob Dylan or Emmylou. His best production since U2's Joshua Tree.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now...,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)I don't know if it's a masterpiece, but 'Teatro' is definitely one of the best/most overlooked albums of the 90s, and it deserves a lot better treatment than that.
At first the calypso/latino rhythms of the first half don't seem all that appropriate, especially since I'd revisited his "Spirit" and "Red-Headed Stranger (which absolutely IS a masterpiece)", but Lanois' production turned me around. It's a lush, subtle piece of work that never really loses steam, even though it slackens the pace by the halfway mark.
Top picks: 'The Maker', 'Home Motel' 'I've Just Destroyed the World.'
Put it on the same shelf as JAMC "Darklands", Chris Isaak's "Forever Blue", and Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" for albums that will enchant you long after they've been released.
4.0 out of 5 stars Willie's Tex-Mex Flava!,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)I will admit to hating (and that's being kind) the majority of country mucky muck that pollutes the airwaves of this great nation, but, this is a really great record. From the opening minutes of Teatro, we are entered into a spookier, dustier affair, full of sorrow and regret, a record that is as real as a record can get. This, of course, comes from Willie. One gets the sense of personal struggle and heartbreak, but without all the cheesy, twangy hang-ups that plague CMT. Another reason for the record's success is the hauntingly beautiful production from Daniel Lanois. Listeners may know his work with Scott Weiland, Bob Dylan or U2's masterful Joshua Tree. Lanois adds this chilling quality to this very Texan/Mexican guitar album, you can almost feel the sun dried hands that these songs where created with. I esp. loved the cover of Daniel Lanois' very own tune, "The Maker". It's a song that sounds like it's an out-take from The Joshua Tree, U2 fans will absolutely love this one. Another highlight is the regretful, "I Never Cared For You". Strangly upbeat, it best represents what the disc has to offer, a lot of feeling and Spanish stylings - it just plain beautiful! I expected this to be a interesting, smart record at the very least, it well surpassed that and a whole lot more. Thanks Willie for giving country a respectable name once again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Willie sings better alone,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)I love the latin back up music. I'll always love Willie. Everything about this cd is the best except for one thing. He would do better singing alone and let his sister Bobby accompany him on the piano which she does very well. My favorite is "Somebody pick up my pieces". I can't think of a better cd if you need one for the road.
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling recording,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)This should be on the Amazon.com essentials list for Willie Nelson. Teatro is a compelling recording. Willie's voice is familiar and blends well with Emmy Lou Harris's accompaniment. The guitar work is first rate and the Daniel Lanois's lush production sets it apart from Willie's other work. This is a great record. It is worth noting that the Wem Weems directed VHS of the sessions can still be found.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you can imagine,
This review is from: Teatro (Audio CD)This CD was recommended by the concession cashiers at a Willie Nelson concert. There were five CDs on sale. There were four cashiers and they were unanimous about Teatro. They were right. Brilliant shuffles with rock solid rhythms alternate with contemplative ballads featuring Willie's perfect emotional pitch. The first time you play it, it becomes a familiar old friend; you can't believe you haven't owned it for years. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour, an instrumental tribute to Django Reinhart, feeds directly into I Never Cared For You, where a man struggles to convince a distrustful woman that he truly loves her, using her mistrust as the tool that will make her believe. Both music and voice are dead on. Darkness On The Face Of The Earth is the type of straight ahead rocker that you keep singing along with even after you've parked your car. These Lonely Nights similarly captures Willie in his best Whiskey River mode. And anytime you're in a lull, just punch in track 12 (Three Days). Despite a middle section of slow tunes, Teatro is the pefect road companion. The best tracks on this CD don't just make your body move, they make your car sail down the highway. I haven't played another CD in the car in six months. Just teriffic.
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