michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — LUCINDA WILLIAMS

In album review on 02/11/2011 at 10:03 am

LUCINDA WILLIAMS

Blessed

(Lost Highway)

Death strolls through Lucinda Williams’ 10th album like the chess-playing figure in The Seventh Seal. It’s always there, lurking and peeking around corners. Even when it’s not looming heavily over the proceedings, like the suicide that triggers “Seeing Black” or the dead father who narrates “Soldier’s Song,” there’s a mournful quality that drives almost every minute of Blessed’s hour. Even the blisteringly raw opener “Buttercup” laments the end of something, in this case a relationship. Williams’ last album, 2008’s Little Honey, was the singer-songwriter’s most joyful album. On Blessed, she turns the other way – not distressing so much as accepting and occasionally questioning our fates. It’s a heavy listen, especially since half of the dozen songs clock in at five-plus minutes. But it’s not without its sad, moving rewards.

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