Willie Nile, “World War Willie” (River House Records)
Willie Nile is loud and proud.
While other rockers merely strut around leathered and weathered, Nile takes one giant leap for mankind: glorifying the aging process with the party-hearty song “Grandpa Rocks” (its featured character depicted in a Clash T-shirt and dirty combat boots).
Soul mates, seekers — even seductive sociopaths — populate the storytelling in Nile’s robust new album, “World War Willie,” co-produced with Grammy winner Stewart Lerman.
As the journey begins, the 67-year-old firecracker and his rock-solid band reincarnate their early rebel in “Forever Wild” (“16 and crazy — we were ragged and free…”)
“Let’s All Come Together” is an amped-up social anthem — think danceable Pete Seeger.
Listeners can’t resist hollering the stress-busting refrain in the track “Hell Yeah.”
In fact, there’s quite a bit that’s irresistible in this diverse album — including Nile’s self-deprecating humor.
Fans fist-pumping to his new-golden-oldie song will hear this grandpa — who’s apparently chugged the entire Fountain of Youth — playfully rolling in the Stone(s) Age.
“Where’s my cane?!” snarls the cool rockin’ granddaddy. “Who are these people?!…
“Get offa my cloud!!!”
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