It's easy to take Willie Nelson for granted. Unlike almost anyone else with a career as long as his, he's never had a"creative comeback" because he's never stopped making beautiful, challenging music on his own terms. In 1996, he quietly released Spirit, a song-cycle as deep and challenging as his career-defining album Red Headed Stranger released twenty years before. With only an acoustic guitar, piano, and fiddle behind him, this is the sound of loneliness stripped down to the raw nerve. The sparse production, beautiful melodies, and Nelson's chocked-back singing can move anyone listening to tears-if they're willing to open themselves up fully to the heartbreak and human truths the album contains.