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Blessed (Deluxe Edition) [Deluxe Edition]

Lucinda Williams Audio CD
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LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Blessed

It’s not all that hard to find an artist who’s capable of offering a guided tour of life’s dark clouds – nor is it rare to come into contact with one who can hone in on the silver lining. But the ability to do both with equal grace, well, that’s an altogether rarer gift – and it’s one that Lucinda Williams displays ... Read more in Amazon's Lucinda Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B004HGBUVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Buttercup
2. I Don't Know How You're Livin'
3. Copenhagen
4. Born To Be Loved
5. Seeing Black
6. Soldier's Song
7. Blessed
8. Sweet Love
9. Ugly Truth
10. Convince Me
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Disc: 2
1. Buttercup
2. I Don't Know How You're Livin'
3. Copenhagen
4. Born To Be Loved
5. Seeing Black
6. Soldier's Song
7. Blessed
8. Sweet Love
9. Ugly Truth
10. Convince Me
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BBC Review

You don’t often hear a track that speeds up these days. Studio techniques and protocols now seem to make such things impossible. The title-track of this album speeds up, though. And that, I would guess, comes from the fact that it, and the tracks surrounding it, were recorded with exuberance and passion, as well as expertise.

Mind you, any musician would get off on the sort of material Lucinda Williams turns out. Far from prolific (since 1979 she’s managed about one release every three or four years), what she does write is shot-through with grit, acute perception and heart. And that’s just the lyrics. Her melodies and the songs’ structure are beautifully shaped and balanced. As well as her refined rock and blues sensibilities, she has one foot in the world of country music. It’s a pity that crowd’s writers don’t pay more attention to the depth of her work, as it could help Nashville recover some credibility.

Don Was produced this. He must have loved it as much as the musicians did, and he obviously got it as nothing in the production interferes with the songs. In Soldier’s Song, where she sings the parallel stories of a serving soldier and his wife and child at home, the same chords, in the same sequence, go round and round, allowing the lyric to develop and reach its inevitable conclusion. Sweet Love does the same. No need for embellishment when what’s being sung about is so powerful.

Instrumental embellishment is here, though. Lucinda likes to rock out as much as any, and her band can do it. The opening track, Buttercup, is a joy. Elvis Costello also gets stuck in, admirably with guitar on Seeing Black and duetting vocally on Kiss Like Your Kiss.

Some find it hard to get past Lucinda’s slurred vocals. That makes as much sense as ignoring Bob Dylan for the same reason. In 2002, Time magazine named Williams America’s Best Songwriter. It might seem a silly thing for them to have said, but listening to this album it is hard to come up with any alternative.

--Nick Barraclough

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By definition easy listening 23 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
No doubt about it - this is Lucinda's best studio album since the high water mark of World Without Tears. I feel quite happy listening to it all the way through, which I admit I found difficult with West or Little Honey. They frustrated me with their lack of commitment and vague production values. This one's clean and consistent in comparison.

The songs this time round inhabit the soundscape much better, and there's a nice southern Gospel swagger to several of the songs - Born To Be Loved and Awakening in particular. It's a grower for sure, but some songs have instant appeal - Seeing Black and Soldier's Song being my favourites so far. Great Hammond playing throughout, and some cracking guitar parts from Elvis Costello to boot. Incidentally its nice to see him getting recognition for his edgy playing - something I've long admired.

Overall though it's clear Lucinda is still in the same songwriting groove she started with West, and the power rests firmly with the lyrics rather than the melody, but this album has really been a nice surprise - the best of her 'mature' output for sure. I just wish I'd got the Deluxe Version, because the demo versions sound more my bag. Expense, always expense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs a few listens. 30 Mar 2011
By Dr D
Format:Audio CD
This is isn't William's strongest offering by far, and I found it quite difficult to get into. Blessed and Copenhagen were the only two tracks that clicked with me straight away. The others needed quite a few listens before I really began to enjoy them. Plenty - ? too much - of Lucinda's tortured voice and not enough, for me anyway, of her beautiful country voice here. Great guitar work in evidence throughout the album. Stick with it and you'll grow to appreciate Blessed!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda Sings The Blues 1 Mar 2011
By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Lucinda Williams is not the most prolific of recording artistes. In fact this is only her 12th album release since 1979. It has been suggested that this is due, in part, to her pursuit of perfection which has made her a darling of the critics but which has not brought her great commercial success.

"Blessed" is her first album since the relatively disappointing "Little Honey" released in 2008. Produced by the legendary Don Was (Stones, Dylan, Elton John, Michelle Shocked etc)this album is a tour de force and, with all songs penned by Williams, her best offering since "World Without Tears" from 2003.

There is an aching quality to Lucinda's voice which enables her to convey bittersweet emotions and passionate brooding quite unlike any comparable singer songwriter. She knows what suits her voice and she can sure write the songs.

Just listen to her laid back southern drawl caress the lyrics of the title track "Blessed" with a mesmeric chanting lilt, Hammond B3, 12 string and piano. It is a track of such powerful atmosphere and reminiscent of The Band or Jackson Browne.

Don Was's great virtue is to let Lucinda's voice carry the songs and despite a great band delivering a distinctive country blues sound it is Lucinda's show. The country rock number "Buttercup" proves that Was has got it right. So too with "Born To Be Loved" a late night number underpinned by the sensuous B3 and a lyrical guitar; with Lucinda's voice taking centre stage this is a spellbinding journey into the blues.

There is so much to commend this album: the scorching Elvis Costello guitar break on "Seeing Black"; the exquisite "Kiss Like Your Kiss" in waltz time; the beauty of the plaintive ballad "Sweet Love" with Lucinda's voice an instrument of emotional perfection.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the album, DIG THE DEMOS 16 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just make sure you buy the de luxe edition - the album itself is fine, if a little flat in places. But then you listen to the Kitchen Tapes (demos) disc, and it all comes to life, and the power of these slight, introspective songs washes over you and it's pure magic. Somehow when the band kicks in on the main album the bleak, blue-collar, middle-aged dirty reality is lost in all that slick, shiny backing.

I just wish Lucinda and the record company had the courage to ditch the "proper" sessions and release the demos on their own. It would have been an instant classic, along the lines of Johnny Cash's American Recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda Williams - Truly blessed 28 Feb 2011
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Having nearly given up on Lucinda Williams after her distinctly average 2008 release "Little Honey" it is a rare pleasure to report a real return to form on her 10th album. While "Blessed" may not be another "Car Wheels on a gravel road" its probably grossly unfair to ever expect her to scale those heights again, but its a excellent album of blues rock and also showcases her gentler side. On display as ever are the raspy Southern drawl and her ragged heartbroken delivery making her one of the most distinctive voices in American music. But equally for your listening pleasure are some great songs and lyrics to much her status as the unofficial poet of the deep south. Opener "Buttercup" is a hard edged country rock break up song with Williams dispatching an ex boyfriend with her customary disdain and spite. The brilliant aching lament "I dont know how your living" alternatively is a song underpinned by latent regret and remorse and the type of song that Williams 58 years allow her to sing with the benefit of genuine experience and understanding. No one charts an emotional car crash in the way that Williams can. Speaking of which "Seeing black" is a song about the late Vic Chesnutt the American singer songwriter who recently tragically committed suicide at the age of 45. Williams sets questions throughout the song about when he "made a decision to jump ship" and "when did you start seeing black" and the song is set alight by a blazing guitar solo by that notorious axeman Elvis Costello! (we urge him with skills like these to undertake a forthcoming album of Hendrix covers).

Its clear that producer Don Was has brought new discipline and focus to Williams's songs and gently rolling "Sweet love" will not leave a dry eye in the house.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok CD but nowhere near her best.
Published 8 hours ago by R McEvoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Album?
If this was the first album of Lucinda's that you heard, you would probably think it's interesting and ok, but maybe not bother looking for more of her stuff. Read more
Published 4 months ago by delwboy
5.0 out of 5 stars An absoulute diamond of an album..Love it!
This album is just beautiful....lyrics are thoughtful, moving,soulful and rocking, muscianship is as always brilliant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Martyn Harry Shire
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic From Lucinda Williams
Lucinda can do no wrong for me, all her latest albums from " car wheels on a gravel road" are a must have for any music collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed is Best
I love Lucinda's music, and recently saw her perform live. I have several of her albums, but this has to rate as one of the best, if not the best.
I play it over and over. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas Hardy fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Repeating Herself ?
This would get a higher rating if I didn't already know Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. It really is very similar but not quite as good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by rondetto
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucinda Williams - Blessed
Love anything and everything she does so not exactly impartial!
Not as good as Car Wheels on a Gravel Road or West (in my wife's opinion) but 4 stars aint bad.
Published 14 months ago by f busani
4.0 out of 5 stars She's turned up the volume
Lucinda Williams has made some of my favourite albums of all time, especially her 1998 CD Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the Road
I have an almost complete set of Lucinda albums and this is one of the best. If you are going to buy it, whatever you do, buy the deluxe edition. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Tufnell Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Up There with the best
This album s, perhaps a bit of a slow burner. There are perhaps a couple of tracks which stand out at first and these get under your skin enough to keep replaying the album. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Dr. J. Crawford
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