Cheater's Game

Album Review of Cheater's Game by Kelly Willis.

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Cheater's Game

Kelly Willis

Cheater's Game by Kelly Willis

Release Date: Feb 12, 2013
Record label: Thirty Tigers
Genre(s): Country, Americana

75 Music Critic Score
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Cheater's Game - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have been married for years, but they have rarely recorded together. They have staked out their own careers in a similar musical field by following separate tracks. That’s why it seems so strange that the lovingest couple in Austin, Texas joined together to release an album of cheating songs. Not all the tracks on Cheater’s Game have to do with deceitful behavior or being wronged by a loved one.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Neither Kelly Willis nor her husband Bruce Robison has made a record since 2008. The singer/songwriters both took time off the road and from recording to raise children. While they've appeared on one another's recordings before, Cheater's Game is their first album as a duo. Produced by Brad Jones and recorded in Nashville, this 13-song set features seven new Robison tunes.

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Austin Chronicle
Their review was positive

Extraordinarily talented on their own, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison prove themselves greater together than apart on Cheater's Game. Of the disc's 13 songs, six are Robison originals and the rest are covers of songs from well-respected writers like Don Williams, Dave Alvin, and Robert Earl Keen. Not only do we get a glimpse of Robison's uncommon talent with lyric and melody, we hear him tackle tunes like "Border Radio" and "No Kinda Dancer" with Kelly's creative touch and self-assurance.

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