89. Willie Nelson, "Darkness on the Face of the Earth"
A step ahead of the pack as always, Willie
celebrated his 65th birthday by going somewhere new – Teatro was his
collabo with Daniel Lanois, recorded in an old movie theater refurbished with
booths from the Mexican cafe across the street for that border cantina feel.
It's his answer to Dylan's Time Out of Mind. "Darkness on the Face
of the Earth" is an apocalyptic lament he first recorded back in 1962 –
Willie sings it here with an ancient outlaw's stoic calm, as Emmylou Harris
chimes in over the doomy drums.