11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Willie Nile released The Innocent Ones in 2010, he was in his sixties and had experienced a number of long layoffs in his recording career. But this album found him riding high in a resurgent period. It was the most relentlessly rocking album he'd made up to that point, temporarily putting his folk side on the shelf in favor of fist-pumping, anthemic tunes and alternating between barnstorming classic-rock-style shout-alongs ("One Guitar" and the title track) and downright Ramones-like punky fervor ("Singin' Bell," "Can't Stay Home"). The only real ballad here, "Sideways Beautiful," is a reminder of what Nile can do when he's not busy rocking.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Willie Nile released The Innocent Ones in 2010, he was in his sixties and had experienced a number of long layoffs in his recording career. But this album found him riding high in a resurgent period. It was the most relentlessly rocking album he'd made up to that point, temporarily putting his folk side on the shelf in favor of fist-pumping, anthemic tunes and alternating between barnstorming classic-rock-style shout-alongs ("One Guitar" and the title track) and downright Ramones-like punky fervor ("Singin' Bell," "Can't Stay Home"). The only real ballad here, "Sideways Beautiful," is a reminder of what Nile can do when he's not busy rocking.

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