ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#3] Lucinda Williams By
Wolrd Without Tears
one of those "nice girls" from ZZ Top’s "La Grange" escaped
and formed her own band, maybe she’d sound like Lucinda Williams.
On her newest release, she sings in a quirky low voice with a definite
"twang" that goes well with the country flavor of ballads like the
opening track "Fruits of My Labor" and the title song. She also
talk-sings, Johnny Cash-style, on "Sweet Side" and "American Dreams,"
the former about a lover who grew up on abuse, the latter a tale
of a man down on his luck. "Atonement" has a gospel feel and "Real
Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings" is a more up-tempo
number that may be a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. But the song that
I want to play over and over is "Righteously." This song really
rocks. Its lyrics cover all the "terms" a modern woman might want
in a relationship better than any pre-nup: "Don’t cause me
pain/Be my lover don’t play no game/ Just play me John Coltrane."
How did she know ‘Trane is the best background music for havin’
a little fun?