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. BrianK
    Feb 14, 2007
    10
    her best? it's a toss up between Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and this album. She is truly an amazing performer and songwriter.
  2. JonH
    Jun 13, 2004
    10
    another wonderful record from Lucinda.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    the best album i've ever heard
  4. Matt
    Jul 9, 2003
    9
    Another great album for Lucinda. Different is not always worse.
  5. Russ
    Aug 14, 2007
    9
    The beginning of the album is strong as i've ever heard. The first 6 songs just flow, but then, Atonement starts and just jars me. Gotta The beginning of the album is strong as i've ever heard. The first 6 songs just flow, but then, Atonement starts and just jars me. Gotta skip it every time. The rest of the album is rather uneven with both highs and lows. Still worth owning for the majority of the standout tracks. Just skip the ones you might not like. Expand
  6. JimL
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    Great! Harder rocking.
  7. T.David
    Apr 30, 2003
    5
    Some of the songs show off her brilliance, especially 'Righteously' and the title cut. But others, especially the twang-rappers, Some of the songs show off her brilliance, especially 'Righteously' and the title cut. But others, especially the twang-rappers, give you a 'what was she thinking?' feeling. Expand

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