West - Lucinda Williams
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter co-produced her eighth album with veteran Hal Willner. The Jayhawks' Gary Louris is among the musicians lending a hand.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. What makes Williams such an important country artist, besides the excellent songwriting and that sultry, scarred southern voice, is her skill at stretching the genre's boundaries while mining its essence.
  2. West may well be her best album. It is easily her most musically adventurous, and often her most lyrically inspired.
  3. Williams remains a premier artist. [22 Feb 2007, p.73]
  4. For all its sorrowful beauty, "West" is often excruciating to hear as Williams mourns the death of her mother and a stormy relationship that ended badly.
  5. 60
    An album of sometimes stark simplicity, West is in many places rather drab and charmless. [Mar 2007, p.72]
  6. With its antiseptic production and complete lack of warmth, and the subsequent disconnect between singer and song, I can’t yet listen to West without wondering when Lucinda’s going to release the proper version.
  7. Ms. Williams’s strong suit is going simple and direct, but “West” loses its focus and goes wide and long. It develops a grandiosity problem. [12 Feb 2007]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41