Here is my Lucinda Williams top five. Why was I not told she was so awesome before?
1. Drunken Angel
Damn this is sensual, and bitter and sweet and loving and hating and wishing. Oh my but it brings tears to the eyes and whisky to the glass. Love it. Love, Love, Love it.
Beautifully showcases her voice. The words are so blue: so blue and dark and marvellous. It's also great advice. 'You don't know what wars are going on down there where the Spirit meets the bone.' Simply magnificent.
3. Are You Alright
An emotion that comes and stays too long. The missing is never easy. A few tears don't make it better all of a sudden and the gone stay gone. Yes, she understands that utterly, perfectly and the song is marvellous. Whar's that there hound dog of mine?
4. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Cinematic pictures painted behind our eyes. Apparently this was her big hit. It's more rocky that the other stuff, but you know what, Lucinda Williams does rawk just as well as country. Like it? Love it.
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes
A favourite novel from my preteen years. And she's clearly read it, not copied the story but it's there, the way wickedness tempts. AND the bass is awesome and her voice, again her voice. This is not country whatever they say, this is something else, something older, something greater.
Hurts to leave out "Still I Long for Your Kiss", "Cold Day in Hell", "Sweet Old World", "Passionate Kisses" and if I keep on listening, there will be many more so thank you Kevin P. Burns for introducing me to her. She's lovely.