Lucinda Williams’ albums are not as frequently reviewed in here as the ones of Finland’s metal monsters Lordi. However, the US country artist is really busy in regards of releasing music. On 30th June 2023, she will rather head towards rock’n’roll sounds. Her latest release is named Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart. Here is my review.
Lucinda Williams – About The Artist
Lucinda Gayl Williams was born on 26th January 1953 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is a three time Grammy Award Winner (once for the Best Country Song and twice for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance). Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart is already her fifteenth studio album. It is also the fourth one overall I am reviewing. In 2020, I listened to Good Souls Better Angels, One year later, she released Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 2 and the amazing Christmas album Have Yourself A Rockin’ Little Christmas. The latter is also named Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 5 – which on illustrateas how active Williams is in music. The recordings also come with very different styles. You find more bio in these postings as well.
Lucinda Williams – Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart – Track by Track
The ten song album lasts 49 minutes.
1. Let’s Get The Band Back Together
Lucinda Williams promised to deliver some rock’n’roll – and that’s just what she is doing. The 4:42 minute opener has a cool rock-driven soul, but it also cannot deny a certain country music origin.The chorus is easy and repetitive, but stays in your mind. Good one.
2. New York Comeback
For this album, Lucinda Williams worked with quite a bunch of guest singers. The opener came with a whole bunch of music celebrity. For this single release, the vocals are very characteristic. Nobody but “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen is supporting the amazing single release – and as he has been in studio anyway, he also took his wife Patti Scialfa with him. What a blast – not too surpringly, the single hit the top of the US Americana airplay charts.
3. Last Call For The Truth
No celebrity apart from Williams herself on the third song, Last Call For The Truth. The song is a beautiful, emotional ballad, which is very touching. A fact worth noting is that Williams had a stroke in 2020 – despite that, she is able to play the guitar again. Look forward to her 2024 tour.
For the fourth track Jukebox, Williams is backed by Angel Olsen. The song is another ballad, which is having a stronger country music heart, compared to its predecessor. I love the steel guitar howling in the background.
5. Stolen Moments
The fifth song reminds of Tom Petty. The song could indeed be a Petty one. Beautiful release, which just feels so nostalgic as well.
6. Rock N Roll Heart
Could you somehow call this one the title track of the album? At least, it is leaning stronger towards rock. The Springsteen family is back on the microphone as well. What an amazing collaboration – I feel that the balance between the three vocalists is even better in here.
7. This Is Not My Town
Margo Price is part of the seventh song, This Is Not My Town. The sound is a bit darker and feels rather dramatic. I love the bass groove of the song, though. This Is Not My Town definitely adds a nice flavor to the album.
8. Hum’s Liquor
Tommy Stinson is typically rather well-known as a bassist and guitarist – for the rather heavy Hum’s Liquor, he is also on the microphone with Lucinda Williams. The song feels like a good wine to me: the longer I listen and thus, the somehow older it gets, the more I like it.
9. Where The Song Will Find Me
Where The Song Will Find Me is the third single release already published from this album. It is again right in the middle of this magical triangle of rock music, a touch of country music and the beauty of a ballad. You will enjoy being emotional with Williams in here.
10. Never Gonna Fade Away
Never Gonna Fade Away comes with some more present guitar chords here and there. The title as well as the sound feels to create a lovely farewell tune. The chorus feels slightly slow, but it comes with a nice vibe. The guitars are a bit more “dirty” than in other songs. Just perfect for some rock’n’roll spirit.
Lucinda Williams – Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart – Spotify
Here is the album on Spotify:
Lucinda Williams – Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart – My View
That’s definitely one of my most favorite Lucinda Williams recordings i listened to so far. She is finding a lovely balance between her own musical signature and the concept of the album. The guest musicians are a blast. Great to listen to these Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart.
Lucinda Williams – Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart Tour 2024
Early in 2024, Lucinda Williams will be touring Europe with this album – definitely worth having a visit, I feel.
|Tu 27.02.2024||Dublin (Ireland) – 3Olympia Theatre|
|Th 29.02.2024||London (United Kingdom) – Indigo at the O2|
|Fr 01.03.2024||Birmingham – Birmingham Town Hall|
|Sa 02.03.2024||Holmfilth – Picturedrome|
|Mo 04.03.2024||Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Paradiso|
|Tu 05.03.2024||Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle|
|We 06.03.2024||Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt|
|Fr 08.03.2024||Cologne – Carlswerk Victoria|
|Sa 09.03.2024||Paris (France) – La Cigale|
|Mo 11.03.2024||Munich (Germany) – Werk7|
|Tu 12.03.2024||Vienna (Austria) – Theater Akzent|
|Th 14.03.2024||Bern (Switzerland) – Bierhübeli|
|Fr 15.03.2024||Chiari (Italy) – Palasport San Bernadino|
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Postings with Tour Dates
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