Lucinda Williams – Blessed

The tenth studio release by Lucinda Williams is solid as ever. Dark brooding numbers, tales about people falling off the edge, people in love and people who are blessed are her gift. This is her take and poetic vision of our life on this planet. It is all about the simple glories and darkness that make up the trail that we take. Blessed is a collection of twelve songs that show Williams in fine voice and you get all the nuances of her vocal style within this release.

Don Was is at the helm with Eric Lijestrand and Tom Overby and the band is edgy and raw, just like a Lucinda record should be. Buttercup kicks off with a great guitar lick played by Elvis Costello and Williams spits out her vitriolic lyrics. Copenhagen is a song of loss that is made even more gorgeous by the added vocals of Matthew Sweet. With Greg Leisz and Val McCallum playing many guitars and pedal steel within these grooves you are constantly thinking about who is playing what. If you saw Lucinda when she was visiting us last you may have noticed Butch Norton on drums, well have no fear, Butch is here.

The title track is typical Williams song writing that tips a hat to Dylan in the form and the repetitive nature of the words. The Ugly Truth is a country track where Williams uses her low, steamy beauty to accompany the steel of McCallum and electric guitar of Elvis Costello once again. This is music that grabs you sonically and lyrically.

Car Wheels On A Gravel Road has always been my favourite Lucinda record with superb playing and song writing on every track. That was thirteen years ago and what we have here with Blessed is something that is equal to that amazing record.