World Without Tears - Lucinda Williams
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Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

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  • Summary: Recorded live in studio with her band and co-produced by Mark Howard, 'World Without Tears' marks the follow-up to Williams' acclaimed 2001 release 'Essence.'
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    While Essence was lyrically spare, World marks Williams' return to the painful sensuality of the specific. [May 2003, p.109]
  2. A perfectly imperfect set, it's looser, blowsier, and more what-the-hell? than anything she's done.
  3. 100
    It is all heart, it is truth and it is beautiful. [Jun 2003, p.94]
  4. She sounds gloriously rough-edged and authentic. [May 2003, p.114]
  5. There's more Patti Smith in her than there is Patsy Cline.
  6. Beyond the musical unevenness of an album whose finer qualities interleave those mounting miscalculations, a rising suspicion that misery is of more comfort to her than happiness makes the tenor of Williams' songs increasingly hard to bear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    6
    Agreed this record starts out at a comfortable pace and canter. Some how the cadence is thrown off and he road gets treacherous. One of her best efforts, yet lacks consistency from beginning to end. She needs to dance with the fella that brought her and not tease us with a dance or two with her best friend's little brother. Expand

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