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From a recent convert...,
This review is from: Lucinda Williams (Audio CD)
Where have they been hiding Lucinda Williams all these years? Why aren't these songs - - her songs as sung by her - - standard hits?!? I am so grateful that I stumbled across VH1's Top 100 Women of Rock-n-Roll show last year, and as a lark, decided to watch it. My first thought was "how did they actually come up with 100 women in rock-n-roll?"...that half-hour episode happened to be the one that included Lucinda Williams. From what I heard, she sounded like something I'd like, so I made a mental note to check her out. I am kicking myself for waiting so long! You know how it is when you go cd shopping...you fill up your basket, and then you realize you're spending way too much so you put things back for another time. Well, I kept putting Lucinda back! I finally purchased this cd (with Xmas gift money, so I splurged, guilt-free!) and it has not left my cd player since!
I would describe these songs as heartfelt, edgy, and very real, with stories we can all relate to. 'Side of the Road' has got to be one of the greatest songs I've ever heard...it really touched me by effectively articulating that need to occasionally identify myself separately, not only from my husband, but even from my children. This re-release also has a bonus track of a live version, and it is so beautiful! 'I Just Wanted to See You So Bad' is one of those songs that oozes that intensely wonderful, all consuming, sense of urgency, when a relationship is new; 'Like a Rose' is just heavenly; very Velvet Underground/Sunday Morning-ish; and, of course, the well-known 'Passionate Kisses', I think Lucinda's version is much more effective and exudes a deeper message than Mary Chapin Carpenter's, which I always found to be kind of grating and pop-ish. I find the cd as a whole to be delightfully under-produced, which gives it a very personal atmosphere, and the musicians in the band are obviously top-notch and "tight"!
I don't know how you would categorize this music; folk/country/bluesy with a rockin' edge? This must be why we don't hear these songs on the usual radio stations, and it is a shame that a huge percentage of the general population will never be exposed to their magnificence. I am completely sold and am going to be scooping up all of Lucinda William's other recordings asap!
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2014 9:59:52 AM PDT
I just have to voice my agreement that "Side of the Road" is one of the greatest songs. I believe Lucinda agrees, considering the way she does it in concert.
Posted on Nov 13, 2014 8:07:27 PM PST
Outlaw X says:
Outlaw X says: Nice review!! I really appreciate your comments on this Re-Release. I've not yet made the purchase, but I did discover LW on her "Little Honey" '08 and loved what I'd just discovered. Seems odd that I've not picked up any more of her releases, but everything I hear on Outlaw Country really works for me. I too feel there are just way too many music lovers who have not yet Xperienced Lucinda Williams and it is a shame. What a talent and what an attitude!! Anyone who appreciates Tom Petty's approach would probably like much of what this young lady has done.
Posted on Mar 28, 2015 9:28:07 PM PDT
Where have you been hiding that you haven't been aware of Lucinda Williams until '02?
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