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West [Extra tracks, Import]

Lucinda WilliamsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000LZ559K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Alright?
2. Mama You Sweet
3. Learning Hoe To Live
4. Fancy Funeral
5. Unsuffer Me
6. Everything Has Changed
7. Come On
8. Where Is My Love?
9. Rescue
10. What If
11. Wrap My Head Around That
12. Words
13. West
14. Learning How To Live (Demo Version)
15. What If (Demo Version)

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Japanese pressing of her 2007 album. Universal.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bluesy mix with a note of hope and redemption. March 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It may only be March but I have to say that this is going to be one of my records of the year.

Lucinda Williams has always been a peerless songwriter.She writes about lust, love, and losslike nobody else, and on this album, co-produced with Hal Wilner, she takes on such subjects as her mother's death, the state of the world, and yet another tumultuous relationship which ended badly. It's her usual tough stuff, but this time, Lucinda sneaks in a note of hope and even redemption in the very bluesy mix.

The album's 13 songs together form a largely down-tempo disc, but "West" doesn't only find Williams in a somber mood.

"Mama You Sweet" is upbeat and "Come On" is a nasty, almost raunchy kiss-off, musically akin to "Atonement" from her last album, 2003's "World Without Tears".

She injects doses of hope and light in tracks like "What If", in which she imagines a world where the president wears pink and a prostitute is a queen.

There are uncomfortable truths here, carried on easy-going melodies. "Fancy Funeral" is a wry look at death's priorities that flows as easily as drink.

Williams lost her mother and an errant lover as these songs were being written. These two truncated relationships fill "West" with exquisitely turned suffering; Williams and band provides the expert musical succour. Hal Wilner is the producer who organised this record's quietly unconventional sounds as Williams wanted them.

Equally raw and sensual is the unravelling blues of "Unsuffer Me", where Williams's ravaged voice begs: "Undo my logic/ Undo my fear" with an intensity that verges on the erotic.
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133 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Has Changed February 17, 2007
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On August 10, 2005 Lucinda Williams played at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. It was the last live concert that my wife and I saw together. Lucinda was touring in support of "Live @ the Fillmore" & said she was writing songs for a new record. As I recall, she played a new song she said she'd recently written, "Everything Has Changed." I preordered Lucinda's "West" set while my wife was still here. Today marks the fourth week since breast cancer ripped a giant unfillable hole in my universe. Lucinda lost her mother; and so themes of adjustment to loss not only resonate with me, they punctuate every breath I take. I spin the CD & Lucinda's gentle aching voice comes on, "Are you alight?" When people ask me that, I want to say, "He*l no!" But when she sings, "All of a sudden you went away; I hope you come back around someday; I haven't seen you in a real long time; Could you give me some kind of sign? Are you alright? ...Cause I've been feeling a little scared," it sounds like she's tapped into my inner dialogue as I look toward heaven and speak to the one I love. What an amazing song, "Just tell me that you're okay." If this were the only song on the CD, it'd be worth it.

"Unsuffer Me" is a grueling unflinching look at the pain of loss. Sometimes you have to stare it in the face to get through it. "Anoint my head with your sweet kiss, my joy is dead; I long for bliss," she sings as what I assume is Dan Pettibone's electric guitar churns mercilessly. Yet somehow the song achieves a magical dignity. During my wife's last weeks, my daughter said to me, "It's like watching a train wreck; you can't look away." There something of that strength that comes through in Williams' music.

Other cuts are also amazing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and carefully crafted February 13, 2007
By A. H.
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West marks a different direction for Lucinda Williams. Her last studio album, World Without Tears, was recorded live in the studio (i.e., the whole band is playing together simultaneously, not laying down separate tracks). That approach yielded a rugged and raw production that was a departure from the highly polished recordings embodied in Essence and Car Wheels, the two albums through which many of Lucinda's current fans discovered her. West does not have that "live in the studio" rawness, but it has a looser feel than Essence and Car Wheels. (I'm listening on good headphones with a good headphone amplifier; the recorded sound is gorgeous and the textures of the music and Lucinda's vocals are amazing.) It has that effortless quality that demonstrates just how much effort went into getting it right.

West shows that Lucinda has matured significantly. She worked out a lot of raw emotion through World Without Tears and the ensuing live album. West doesn't sound as edgy or raw as those recordings, though "Come On" does come close. At the same time, West also sounds more organic and earthy than many of the tracks on Essence. And as many reviewers are already pointing out, it doesn't sound the way Car Wheels does either. But it doesn't need to sound the way Car Wheels does. At first blush, West sounds like something of a new direction for her, but I get the sense that if you take the time to listen carefully, you'll recognize that the songwriting talents that have made her such a unique performer in our disposable age are here in spades. The songs and lyrics are as intimate, engaging, and heartfelt as anything she's written or sung in the past two decades, if not more so. There is something immediately familiar about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice! Songs that stay with you. ...
What a voice! Songs that stay with you. Will definitely need more Lucinda Williams.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Henning
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth adding to your collection.
Excellent lyrics, very good music. Buy new, it's worth it.
Published 2 months ago by Nick H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - this might be her best album
Fantastic - this might be her best album.
Its a must-Have
Published 3 months ago by Dave29
3.0 out of 5 stars I heard "Are you Alright" on TV and liked it. Unfortunately
I heard "Are you Alright" on TV and liked it. Unfortunately, the lick you hear on TV is all there is to it, over and over (and over) again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Too many toys
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love musica.
Can't go wrong with Lucinda. The 1st track I heard on True Detective. Have to have it, if you love musica.
Published 5 months ago by R. Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Standing in place
"West" is Williams second of three albums with the band headed by the guitarist Doug Pettibone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by philprof
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda pours honey on the gravel of the soul
So many good songs on this one, with hardly a weak moment, with the obvious highlights being Come On, Unsuffer Me, Are You Alright? and the wicked Wrap My Head Around That. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Asherov
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda nails it!
You must know Lucinda to appreciate her voice and subject matter. This is dark, very dark, deals with death and depression and lonliness. Great songs in here, just be ready.
Published 11 months ago by Mary by the Sea
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Not as fascinating as Car wheels on gravel road maybe, less hit material. But her voice! And lyrics! Love it.
Published 17 months ago by Runar
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Has anyone noticed that Lucinda reads music while playing live?
I've seen her a couple of times and am going to the show in Columbus this Friday. It's one of two things. Last time I saw her, unless it was fake, she downed almost a fifth of Jack Daniels, which would explain her forgetting the words. Or, it's just a playlist and notes about songs, chords, keys... Read More
Apr 18, 2007 by donwe3 |  See all 6 posts
Preview of "What If" on West
I just listened to "What If" and the lyrics reminded me of Bob Dylan (one of my all-time favorite artists) who is well known for lyrics that are sometimes nonsensical. A good example is his song "Desolation Row" which I have been enjoying now for over 30 years. I never get... Read More
Feb 1, 2007 by Linda Blan |  See all 3 posts
Does anyone know the meaning of "West"
I think it's a song about the west coast mindset and life and longing for a distant lover. Lucinda is a transplant who obviously loves living on the west coast, and the song speaks to someone who didn't make the move, beseeching them to come out and see what's so great, while acknowledging that... Read More
Jul 26, 2011 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
Worst Song EVER
Hmmm. Thanks for your opinion. Seriously, there are songs much worse than this. You obviously don't get out much if you think this is the worst song ever. Try "Afternoon Delight", "Honey" or even "Revolution 9" by The Beatles. Personally, I thought the song was kind... Read More
Feb 18, 2007 by Wayne Klein |  See all 11 posts
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