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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Artist; Lucinda Williams
Label: Lost Highway
Length: 13 tracks
With Lucinda Williams you
know exactly what you are getting. That unique Austin, Texas drawl, dirty
country girl twang and lyrics that are deceptively poetic. It is a quantitative
certainty. This album has her poet dad's couplet on the cover "You don't
know what wars are going on down there/Where the spirit meets the bone."
And that is what you get in these songs of loss; a lover and a mother since
2005's Live At the Fillmore. Her world weary voice lends itself
to looking deep down, scraping red raw emotion from the very floor of her
soul. There is the resignation of loss on " Learning How to Live" and the
social commentary of attacking the lavish spending at funerals that no
matter how much you pay you don't get back what you've lost on "Fancy Funeral."
The strings add some real drama and tension to the best poetry here on
" UnsufferMe.Come On," although there is that rock chick foul mouth sexual
innuendo which is actually unbecoming of one so articulate. This is a real
put down of the sexual prowess of her ex, hitting even lower than Dylan's
" Don't Think Twice Its Alright." "Rescue" makes it clear with the simple
truth that a man cannot save you. This is a woman tired of love gone wrong.
It is hurting and cynical. Indeed, one would wonder what she would do if
love of some kind of consistency turned up in her life. It could ruin her
career. " What If " throws out imaginative alternatives to how everything
is. " A President wore pink… Feet started clapping… Birds had bank accounts…
God was a bum… Children grew up happy… and we loved one another in equal
amounts…" "Wrap My Head Around That" with its spoken word style
throws another sonic twist which is good because as I said, with Lucinda
Williams you know exactly what you'll get and in some ways that's the only
Steve Stockman is the Presbyterian
Chaplain at Queens University, Belfast, Ireland, where he lives in community
with 88 students. He has written two books Walk On; The Spiritual Journey
of U2 which he is currently updating and The Rock Cries Out; Discovering
Eternal Truth in Unlikely Music. He dabbles in poetry and songwriting and
he has a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Ulster (listen anytime of day or
night @ www.bbc.co.uk/ni/religion/rhythmandsoul). He has his own web page--Rhythms
of Redemption at http://stocki.ni.org . He also tries to spend some time
with his wife Janice and daughters Caitlin and Jasmine.