The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (studio album) by Lucinda Williams
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Lucinda Williams bestography
The best album by Lucinda Williams is Car Wheels On A Gravel Road which is ranked number 766 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,407.
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Another great album from Lu. Never done a duff album. Everyone has something of interest. Consistently great artist
There aren't many artists that can keep such a high level of level of inspiration as Lucinda Williams. Now into her fourth decade as a recording artist, Williams says she finds inspiration and comfort in NOT getting comfortable. She describes this record as Car Wheels on a Gravel Road part 2, except the woman who is singing about her childhood is now twenty years older and wiser.
Another great album from Lucinda she just gets better with age. Her southern drawl works on these sad melancholy songs. This album needs more than one or two listens before it sinks in and touches you. The standout tracks are Dust, Place In My Heart, Louisiana Story, the title track & If My Love Could Kill but the rest are all good. Released in the same year as Blackstar & Skeleton Tree these 3 albums are the saddest releases in a long time.
I knoh thish road... Like thuh bakkomahhannd
Maybe it's just me, but this album didn't sit well with me. I really liked the guitar in the first tracks. They had a simple beat. They sounded nice, nothing ground-breaking but nothing gripping either, just standard. So I tried to focus on the lyrics. And for each song I just listened like... I'm supposed to feel something right? The songs felt void of heart. This doesn't go for every song. For instance, "Louisiana Story" is a decent track. But other songs like "Death Came" describes a death of a loved one, but describes the event by saying little more than "death came and gave you a kiss". Simply telling me that someone died isn't enough to make me feel emotional. I felt like most other songs on this album played out similarly. She would take a concept that could be sad but doesn't detail it enough to make it personal in the slightest.
2016 is shaping as a sad and great year in music, and this, to me, is one of the year's best.
Something about Lucinda's voice that I don't like as much as her 80s, 90s, and even early 2000s output. But this album has solid songs and reminds me a bit of the feel on World Without Tears and West, which were both excellent albums.
I think this one will get better with each listen (and it seems as though the 2nd half is better than the first in many ways).
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