Sunday, July 30, 2023

Record of the Month

I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!  

I gotta say, I'm enjoying Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart by Lucinda Williams. It is very much one of the best records (at least so far) of 2023. 

Williams has been at this for pushing 50 years and in the last 10 (maybe longer?). I had to look, but save her first two disks, I own everything she's put out - phenomenal, good or bad. I have joked in other reviews and her vocals made it sound like she's had a stroke or a mouthful of marbles. Some of it was just unintelligible and not great listening. 

In her last few disk the vocals became better and then she actually had a stroke. Ironically, on Stories, her vocals haven't been this good since maybe Essence (which is still such a great album!). And it's co-produced by the dude who co-produced her stellar Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

I'd say highlights include "Last Call For The Truth", "This Is Not My Town", "Stolen Moments" and "Where The Song Will Find Me", and they are, but I like all the songs on this. 

The musicians are good, though Williams isn't one of them. Her stroke has left her unable to play guitar. At least for now. 

I'm glad at 70 she's still writing and recording music. And glad Stories is a good piece of her discography. 

1 comment:

Ur-spo said...

good for her !