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The basic tracks cut live with her road band at the '20's Paramour Estate in Silver Lake, California with Dylan's engineer Mark Howard, World Without Tears stands as Lucinda Williams' most confrontational and immediate work. A notoriously neurotic control freak, Williams still manages tight reign on the raw emotional material in her songwriting, but her performances here are straight from the gut. How else can an album half built with ballads resound with such visceral impact? From the opening, lonesome whine of "Fruits of My Labor" to the angry loneliness at the heart of "Those Three Days," Williams uses her silence as effectively as the bluesy guitar and vocal slur that lights up the raging heart of "Atonement." Love is the drug and its addictive, insidious nature works on Williams' psyche at every chord change. She opens up with compassion one moment ("Sweet Side") only to be punched in the heart with the next tour of heartbreak ("Minneapolis"). This is an incredibly poignant, emotionally difficult album worthy of the best country, rock, and blues that it embraces.

Customer Reviews

Sad and Sexy Goodness

How is it there are no customer reviews here!? This album is exquisite - it rivals Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and occasionally even approaches the spare perfection of Lucinda Williams (self-titled). See her LIVE - I saw her in NYC and it was the single best concert I've ever been to. She played "Fruits of My Labor" and it made me cry, CRY. I'm a grown man. Then she played the loud, snarling "Changed the Locks" as a duet with Elvis Costello and the crowd went nuts. In short, you need this album, and at least two others. Go get them.

One of the best albums ever

If you don't like this album you may not be human! Get it - you won't regret it. 7.99 is best bargain on this site! Lucinda Williams has to be the best singer/songwriter out there today.


Man, that voice is transcendental. Ethereal, entrancing, Lucinda is reminiscent of early Cowboy Junkies with a good twang. This album is a classic.


Born: January 26, 1953 in Lake Charles, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The object of cultish adoration for years, singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams was universally hailed as a major talent by both critics and fellow musicians, but it took quite some time for her to parlay that respect into a measure of attention from the general public. Part of the reason was her legendary perfectionism: Williams released records only infrequently, often taking years to hone both the material and the recordings thereof. Plus, her early catalog was issued on smaller labels that agreed...
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