Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

Our Year (Premium Records)

Phases & Stages

A quick return to the studio after last year's celebrated duets debut, Cheater's Game, finds Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison recapturing the magic on Our Year, a tighter, more controlled set that expands the longtime Austin couple's harmonies and kinetic interplay. Keeping it all in the family, Robison leads with sister Robyn Ludwick's "Departing Louisiana," a sparse harmonica break bridging Willis' take on Walter Hyatt's jaunting "Motor City Man." Like Cheater's Game, the follow-up swings both playful (Willis nailing "Harper Valley PTA") and emotional, ripe ballads flowing as natural as conversation between the marrieds (Robison's moving, orchestral pop swoon on "A Hangin' On"). Among the originals, Robison's co-write with Darden Smith on a waltzing "Carousel" shines against the low country kicks of Willis and Paul Kennerley-penned "Lonely for You," though the Robison/Monte Warden cut "Anywhere but Here" proves a potential hit in the right radio hands. A stripped-down close with the Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year" provides a perfect ending in harmony.

***.5

READ MORE
More Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
The Bandera Way
The Bandera Way
Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, and the Hill Country courting method

Margaret Moser, Feb. 8, 2013

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Will Johnson
Hatteras Night, a Good Luck Charm (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 14, 2017

Texas Platters
Darden Smith
Everything (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, April 14, 2017

More by Doug Freeman
Texas Platters
Greg Vanderpool
Pilot (Record Review)

April 14, 2017

Guy Clark Biographer Tamara Saviano
Guy Clark Biographer Tamara Saviano
“He shared things with me he didn’t share with other people”

March 30, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)