At 71, John Prine has a new album coming out this month. “It is prime Prine,” writes Jim Fusilli, the WSJ’s rock and pop music critic. “Accompanied by simple, instantly memorable melodies, its lyrics tell of the agonies and absurdities of life that often stand side by side.”
… musically as well as lyrically, “The Tree of Forgiveness” is a pleasure, one that, though a long time in coming, will delight for a period that’s longer still. Continuing to disarm listeners with the perfect turn of phrase, Mr. Prine has created a universe of people who have some sort of grievance, appreciate what’s been lost, and concede that, to quote the title of one of his earlier songs, “it’s a big old goofy world.” It’s a soul-deep treat to be in his company once again.
From NPR’s “First Listen,” enjoy John Prine’s first album of new material in 13 years.