Lucinda Williams' 11 Best Songs
For the better part of four decades, Lucinda Williams has been one of Texas' best and most dependable songwriters and performers. Over the course of ten albums, Williams has moved from earthy blues and folk to jangly country/pop and has even dabbled in more contemporary sounds. What has remained consistent is her breathtaking vocal delivery and unflinching honesty.
In anticipation of Williams performing this Thursday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, we at DC9 decided to take a shot at listing the eleven best songs in this woman's impressive catalogue.
11. Changed the Locks - from 1988's self-titled third effort (still considered by many to be her best effort), "Change the Locks" is one of Williams' most hard hitting numbers. Her sneering vocal performance fits the song's ill-tempered mood. The Silos do a great version of this on their 1994 album Susan Across the Ocean.
10. Steal Your Love - from 2001's Essence, this mid-tempo cut is filled with yearning and regret: two of Williams' most common themes. The album always gets a bad rap from fans, but "Steal Your Love" fits right alongside Williams' best work.
9. Six Blocks Away - the opening cut from 1990's Sweet Old World, "Six Blocks Away" is one of Williams' best jangle pop/country songs. Interestingly, the song's lyrics offer none of the music's bright optimism. Perhaps that is why the song works so well.
8. Right in Time - the first blast from 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, "Right in Time" set the tone for what some critics have called Williams' best album. Most great albums begin with a great song and this time was no exception.
7. Pineola - Also from Sweet Old World, "Pineola" concerns the suicide of southern poet Frank Stanford, who shot himself in the heart in 1978.
6. Fruits of My Labor - Another great opening cut, "Fruits of My Labor" starts off 2003's World Without Tears with a slow, affecting waltz. Williams' singing here is simply amazing as her Louisiana twang is drawn out to epic proportions.