Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Best of 2008: Lucinda Williams

Cover of Cover of Little HoneyI love reading the lists in all the magazines of the Best of the previous year. Sometimes I'll find something that I missed during the year. But I hate to make these lists. Mainly because I don't keep track of what came out during the year and when I sit down to do something like this I don't remember everything that appeared during the year. I just know I'll miss something that I really liked. So instead of a list over the next few days I thought I'd post some of what I liked from 2008.

The first post features Lucinda Williams' Little Honey. Any year that Williams releases an album will be a year with it on the Best of list. She's that good. And thankfully she's gotten a lot faster inbetween releasing albums. Known as a perfectionist Williams never releases an album on the original release date. She keeps working on it until it's ready, she's not concerned so much with what the record company wants.

Most of Williams love songs have not been happy ones, they usually tell the story of a broken relationship. On this album Williams is in a happy relationship and it shows. Time magazine called her the best American songwriter a few years ago and if anything she has just continued to grow into that role. Her gravely voice perfectly fits the mood of her songs.

The songs on this album rate with anything else she has written. It includes a duet with Elvis Costello and a cover of AC/DC's "It's A Long Way to the Top."


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