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  • Audio CD (19 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000N4S9Z6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is a charming album of simple and heartfelt songs, mostly gentle but intimately powerful. I found the approach thoroughly engaging, with sparse production and instrumentation complementing the lyrics and Lucinda's vocals. The simplicity of 'Mama you Sweet' (with one very long verse) draws you in to the emotion of the song. 'Are You Alright' and 'Where is my Love' are great, beautiful songs and Jenny Scheinman's expressive violin adds a unique layer to the arrangements.

I thought some of the songs could have been shorter, and that the CD might have been better with a few tracks omitted. The album isn't full of instant hits but reveals itself over time, and is well worth taking the time to get to know it.
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Lucinda offers her eighth piece of work after a very difficult period-including the death of her mother and the end of a long-term relationship.So she takes us along a journey through her soul occasionaly producing brilliant song like UNSUFFER ME (dark like coming from Nick Cave) and , my favorite, RESCUE, which drifts along like a river in the middle of the night.With almost 10minutes in duration WRAP MY HEART AROUND THAT is a proof of rhythmic pulses and liberating her conscience.

Maybe not her masterpiece but definetely confirming her remarkable talent.
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Having heard a lot of these tracks at her recent gigs, I thought it was going to be easy to love this album. In fact I thought it was going to be her masterpiece, all catchy melodies and perfectly crafted lyrics. I nearly burst with anticipation waiting for the release date.

Multiple listenings later, I feel like a party pooper, because it all just sounds a bit lazy and plodding. The problem for me is the sub-Lanois production. Lucinda sounds just fine in a stripped-down band setting, but here she's treated with strings, atmosphere, and more twiddly bits than you might care to remember, and it all just gets in the way. Great musicians doing nothing special, slowly. As a result it all sounds the same with no natural dynamics or colour, and Lucinda sounds like she's on auto-pilot throughout. The best comparison I can think of is the mess Phil Spector made of Leonard Cohen on Death Of A Ladies Man.

The search for studio atmosphere seems to have had a negative impact on her song writing too, because a lot of the craft has been reduced to stream of consciousness repetition. And it's had the same effect on Doug Pettibone - I don't hear anything here to compare with his extraordinary playing on World Without Tears or Live at the Filmore. There are no songs here to lift your spirits in the way Ventura or Overtime can. It particularly irritates me that this production makes me focus on the shallow styling rather than the content of the songs, which is at the heart of Lucinda's appeal.

So that's it, ho hum. I'm glad she's tried something exploratory and different.I'm just really, really, disappointed it turned out so smooth and pleasant in all the worst kind of ways. I think its a wrong turn, let's hope a temporary one.
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Achingly depressing at times? Yes. Musically enthralling throughout? Definitely! Once again Lucinda demonstrates that she consistently (albeit slowly!) delivers albums of an incredibly high standard. Well crafted lyrics are supported by excellent melodies and performed by quality musicians. Her touring band (including the excellent Doug Pettibone) is augmented here by Jim Keltner on drums to provide a tight sound indicative of artists equally comfortable on the road or in the studio. From so called 'sweet' ballad to alt country grunge, they pull it off. I understand that this was originally to be a double album, so hopefully the follow up will not be too long coming.
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Lucinda uses her talents to perfection on this one. The songs about loss and lost love make this a true album effort. Learning How To Live digs itself deep into your subconsciousness right away. Wrap My Hand Around That may be a bit streched though. Where Car Wheels could still be classified as Americana, if such classification for Williams mix of folk, blues, rock, and some country is warranted at all, West really finds her on an island by herself. And I'm more than happy to listen to her on my own little reatreats into good music. Granted, 4.5 stars might be enough. But given the previous reviews I really feel this needs a shot in the arm.
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Lucinda Williams is the best at what she does, writing meloncholic heartfelt life songs and West is no exception. She always sounds like she has lived every word and moment of each line. Beautiful and haunting.
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After 2001's Essence I thought Lucinda Williams would never be able to improve the quality and consistency of her songwriting. How can you better the best?

Admittedly it has taken some tragic and traumatic episodes of her life to do so but West is (by that legendary country mile) Ms Williams' greatest collection to date with a harder, more urgent arrangement to complement her emotive and sincerely felt vocals. Having the likes of Bill Frisell, Jim Keltner and Tony Garnier in her studio band has definitely helped to broaden the range and colour of the sound. The rockier tracks like Come On sound genuine and heartfelt rather than the "Country does rock'n'roll" that some other artists peddle while the slower ones like Are You Alright and Words have all the delicacy of finely crafted porcelain.

There is probably more of Ms Williams' inner self in these lyrics than on any previous album and with the sort of confessions, hopes and threats which have peopled her lyrics on the likes of Changed the Locks and One Night Stand this is no idle matter. West, the album, proves that there are many and varied layers to Lucinda Williams both as a songwriter and as a performer. It is a work of subtlety and emotion and like other great works of art improves with each listen.
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