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Closer to the Bone is the twentieth studio album by Kris Kristofferson. The album was released on September 29, 2009 on the New West record label.[9]

Closer to the Bone
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
LabelNew West
ProducerDon Was
Kris Kristofferson chronology
This Old Road
Closer to the Bone
Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[2]
No Depression(favorable)[4]
Now4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]
Engine 1454/5 stars[7]
Uncut4/5 stars[8]

Kristofferson has said: ''Closer to the Bone is a reflective album. It's about making sense of life at this end of the game."[10] It was originally entitled Starlight and Stone, but Kristofferson changed it to Closer to the Bone as he felt like it was more descriptive of the meaning of the album: "...the closer to the bone you are and the closer to the truth."[11]

The song, "Good Morning John" was written in the 1970s and is about Johnny Cash.[12] Kristofferson wrote "Sister Sinead" as a tribute to Sinéad O'Connor. The album is dedicated to Stephen Bruton.


Track listingEdit

(All songs by Kris Kristofferson, except as noted)[13]

  1. "Closer to the Bone"
  2. "From Here to Forever" (Kristofferson, Stephen Bruton, Glen Clark)
  3. "Holy Woman"
  4. "Starlight and Stone"
  5. "Sister Sinead"
  6. "Hall of Angels"
  7. "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
  8. "Good Morning John"
  9. "Tell Me One More Time"
  10. "Let the Walls Come Down"
  11. "The Wonder"
  12. "I Hate Your Ugly Face"


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 29
U.S. Billboard 200 167
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 28


  1. ^ "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ "American Songwriter review".
  3. ^ "BBC review".
  4. ^ "No Depression review".
  5. ^ "Now review".
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone review".
  7. ^ "Engine 145 review".
  8. ^ "Uncut review".
  9. ^ "Kris Kristofferson". Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  10. ^ "Kris Kristofferson's latest cuts 'Closer to the Bone". Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  11. ^ Flippo, Chet (2009-10-01). "Nashville Skyline: A conversation with Kris Kristofferson". Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  12. ^ Lewis, Randy (2009-04-18). "Kris Kristofferson: Pop and country's semi tough veteran". Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  13. ^ "Kris Kristofferson: New album on Jambase". JamBase. Retrieved 2009-08-26.

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