World Without Tears Extra tracks, Import
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My favorite song on this release is "Righteously". As I've played it, several people have stopped by my cubicle and asked, "What are you listening to? That song rocks!" Almost stripped down musically, it has a wailing guitar and strong bass line that moves the song along. The last line is my favorite - - "Be my lover don't play no game, Just play me John Coltrane".
"Ventura" has a beautiful steel-guitar, wavy-feeling kind of sound. "Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings" (great title!) sounds very Neil Young-ish to me. "Overtime" is classic heartbreak, almost Patsy Cline-ish...the simple drum work and the verby guitar along with the simple lyrics work beautifully well together.
In most of her songs, Lucinda doesn't subscribe to the pop structure of songwriting - - stanza, chorus, stanza, repeat chorus, etc. Instead the songs are more like poems with wonderful music accentuating them. I can never decide if Lucinda's vocals are a strength or a weakness...they are often rough and "hick-ish", but they do add a substantial amount of depth to the words. While I can imagine a "better" singer singing them, I realize the song would lose so much of its impact if it were slick and smooth.Read more ›
Personaly, I find that WORLD WITHOUT TEARS is yet another in a series of outstanding efforts by Lucinda. It is about as different from ESSENCE as that album was from CAR WHEELS. ESSENCE, her last triumph, was a melancoly affair that found Lucinda loosening up her recording methods and vocals. WORLD seems to come from a more angry place is generally played loose and loud. ATONEMENT, BROKEN GUITAR STRINGS and RIGHTEOUSLY find her rocking more than she ever has on record. The "rap" numbers SWEET SIDE and AMERICAN DREAM sound a lot better than they look on paper (it's closer to talking blues than Jay-Z). VENTURA, FRUITS OF MY LABOR and the title track are just plain prime cuts that are more in the tradition of her earlier work.
For those who complain about her vocals, I beleive that they miss the point. Lucinda's vocals are similar to Bob Dylans and Neil Youngs. They are not the perfect pitches of a Star Search competitor, but a soulful instrument that uses timing and emotion to get a song across. Her vocals are first takes on this record and are certainly raw, but infused with passion.
This may, or may not be her best outing, only time will tell, but it certainly elevates her status as one of the finest musicians currently working.
Williams, who once struggled for acceptance within the country establishment only to be adopted by the punkish alt.country cult, seems to actively work against any hope of radio airplay or mainstream popularity -- again dropping the f-bomb on the most radio-accessible song on the disc ("Those Three Days"), as she did on 2001's "Essence", seemingly *daring* any radio station to play it, and choosing oddball production tricks, such as vocal filtering and heavily echoplexed guitar. But despite a few graceless moments, the best songs here, including "Days" and the disc's opener, "Fruits of My Labor", retain the nuanced songwriting and expertly-shaded drawl upon which Williams made her reputation. Elsewhere, though, she too often lurches between a bellow (as on "Atonement", a gutbucket blues stomper that aims at Howlin' Wolf territory but hits Jim Morrison instead) and her Texas-flat speaking voice (as on "American Dream", a rap that takes the album's misery out of the first person and into the realm of social ills, with lyrics that even the most earnest early-80's conciousness-raising rappers would find hamfisted).
Musically, this is an adventurous and even brave album.Read more ›
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For those who own this album on cd/mp3 and are contemplating purchasing the vinyl version, I believe it is worth the upgrade. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Trove this lucinda williamsCD PLUS the other three Lucinda,Williams I ordered!Published 2 months ago by Cecile Medford
Such a beautiful album and hearing it on vinyl really takes the cake.Published 4 months ago by Madeline Bolin