Lucinda Williams: Blessed – review

(Lost Highway)

Given that she made her name with songs of heartbreak and betrayal, what motivates Lucinda Williams now she's found love? Her 10th album casts wide for inspiration. "Buttercup" bids a lover farewell with her usual disdain, but "Blessed" counts the strands of happiness. "Soldier's Song" empathises with an army far from home, while "Seeing Black" delves into the mind of a suicidal friend (the late songwriter Vic Chesnutt). Elvis Costello is among those contributing to the guitar-heavy pieces, but it's the gentle "Copenhagen" and the mournful "Kiss Like Your Kiss" that are the standouts, their reflective qualities intensified by Williams's racked vocals.


Neil Spencer

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