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Lucinda Williams This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition)

Lucinda Williams — This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition, 2017)

 Lucinda Williams — This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition, 2017) Lucinda Williams — This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition, 2017)••→    A gifted songwriter with a strong and distinctive voice who became a roots music icon with her fearlessly personal body of work. Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.
Born: January 26, 1953
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana ~ Los Angeles, California, United States
Styles: Alternative Country~Rock, Americana, Contemporary~Heartland Rock, Alternative Folk
Recording Location: Dave’s Room, North Hollywood, CA
Album release: September 29, 2017
Record Label: Highway 20 Records
Duration:     71:12    
Tracks:
01. Six Blocks Away     4:13
02. Prove My Love     4:54
03. Something About What Happens When We Talk     4:45
04. Memphis Pearl     4:19
05. Sidewalks Of The City     5:24
06. Sweet Old World     4:46
07. Little Angel, Little Brother     4:42
08. Pineola     4:19
09. Lines Around Your Eyes     2:46
10. Drivin’ Down A Dead End Street     6:06
11. Hot Blood     6:20
12. Which Will     4:32
13. Factory Blues (Bonus Track)     3:36
14. What You Don’t Know (Bonus Track)     3:52
15. Wild And Blue (Bonus Track)     3:32
16. Dark Side Of Life (Bonus Track)     3:02
Written by:
••→    Lucinda Williams     1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16
••→    Lorne Rall / Lucinda Williams     4
••→    Betty Elders / Lucinda Williams     10
••→    Nick Drake     12
••→    Traditional     13
••→    James Lauderdale / John Leventhal     14
••→    John Scott Sherrill     15
Credits:
••→    David Bianco Engineer, Mixing, Organ
••→    Nick Drake Composer
••→    Betty Elders Composer
••→    James Lauderdale Composer
••→    Greg Leisz Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
••→    John Leventhal Composer
••→    Brian Lucey Mastering
••→    Stuart Mathis Guitar
••→    David McClister Photography
••→    Butch Norton Drum, Percussion, Vocals (Background)
••→    Tom Overby Producer
••→    Lorne Rall Composer
••→    John Scott Sherrill Composer
••→    David Spreng Engineer
••→    David Sutton Bass, Vocals (Background)
••→    Traditional Composer
••→    Lucinda Williams Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Producer, VocalsFotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Review / AMOS PERRINE / Score: A+
•    I always thought Sweet Old World never got enough love. While the critics took to it, the newly minted alt~country crowd not so much. Did they want Volume 2 of the Rough Trade album? Was it too well done? Too introspective? More likely it took them another six years to catch up when Car Wheels was released.
•    Listening to the original, you could almost call it a “folk” album, even though it’s electric throughout, but more for its tone and tenor. This Sweet Old World, on the other hand, has a rocking “blues” sound that Williams has been perfecting these past few years, recorded with her touring band, adding only frequent guest Greg Leisz. I think she looked back at the songs, knowing they did not get their due respect then, and just re~did them. Williams has always been an instinctual artist, and that instinct has been always been on the mark even if it ticked off some folks. During the past few years, I have come to see her as an artist who is more consciously aware — aware of that instinct and aware of how to put it to even better use. That has, to my mind, deepened and enriched her music, and it was pretty darn deep to begin with.
•    This is not however, the first time she “re~recorded” TSOW. Ten years ago she did live versions in New York and LA that were included in a live ten~CD set. But, obviously, this one is different. TSOW is not a one~off, but rather well thought out, well done by all, and essential in understanding and appreciating Williams, her life, and her music. She includes four other songs she had been doing at the time, and re~writes and renames “He Never Got Enough Love.” Having just seen Robert Christgau, who was the first major critic to embrace Williams in 1988, I’ll repeat his summation in the Village Voice review back then.   •    http://nodepression.com/
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming;  Score: ***½
••→    Re~recording a back catalog is a calculated risk for most artists. While hindsight may give musicians a wiser perspective than they had years before, it also encourages some people to fix things that weren’t really broken. And more often than not, the motivation to recut older material is to get a second payday out of a set of songs rather than revealing a new creative perspective. Both art and commerce may have been factors in Lucinda Williams’ decision to take another shot at the songs from her 1992 album, Sweet Old World. Williams famously battled producers, A&R men, and label executives for control while making the original album, and it was recorded for a label that has since gone out of business, so chances are good she’s not getting royalties for it anymore. For whatever reason, 2017’s This Sweet Old World finds Williams remaking the songs from her 1992 release, sometimes faithfully and sometimes with fresh arrangements and lyrical revisions. (“He Never Got Enough Love” even gets a new chorus and title, “Drivin’ Down a Dead End Street.”) From a musical standpoint, This Sweet Old World is a genuine improvement over the original LP. Here Williams is backed by her road band, and they give the material an approach that feels more organic, especially with Stuart Mathis on guitar, while their push~and~pull with Williams’ vocals boasts more nuance. These recordings also lack the very dated drum sounds and production decisions that feel like flaws 25 years after Sweet Old World was first released. But the double~edged sword here is Williams’ vocals. On Sweet Old World, she often sounded like she was still learning how to best interpret her material, and she occasionally seemed clumsy and unsure, though never less than emotionally honest. This Sweet Old World is the work of a far more confident and experienced vocalist, and her phrasing here generally works better. However, her voice at the age of 64 is considerably grainier and less supple that it was at 39, and if her technique has improved with time, her instrument most certainly has not. Williams is hardly a bad vocalist on This Sweet Old World, but the inevitable comparisons to the earlier recordings of this material are not flattering, and that’s the biggest stumbling block for old fans giving this a listen. One thing is certain: in either version, this is a set of great songs from a master tunesmith, and Williams performs her material with greater intelligence and soul than anyone else could muster. When you remember that Emmylou Harris once covered the title track of Sweet Old World, you know that’s no small accomplishment.   ••→    https://www.allmusic.com/
Website: http://lucindawilliams.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucindaWilliams
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