World Without Tears

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. NancyB
    Feb 5, 2004
    10
    I have listened to all her CDs an feel this one is the best. A sincere purging with in the depths of emotions. Striking the core of reality of those whom ever walked in a river of pain and abuse.
  2. 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 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.
  3. 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, give you a 'what was she thinking?' feeling.
  4. lorraineg
    Jun 5, 2003
    10
    This is a beautiful, wrenching album. capturing the sadness of _Car Wheels..._ while adding a raw lustiness that oozes from a depth that somehow seems close to the surface.
  5. Matt
    Jul 9, 2003
    9
    Another great album for Lucinda. Different is not always worse.
  6. JonH
    Jun 13, 2004
    10
    another wonderful record from Lucinda.
  7. 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.
  8. joseramonr
    Apr 15, 2003
    9
    I miss more artists like her in the now new so-called rock and roll world. She sings like amalia, aretha, nina, bob and brother ray did and here´s the maximun expression of her art. It´s like a punk and fado listening experience. Keep on pushing sister.
  9. PaulW
    May 17, 2003
    9
    If you're in the mood, if it's raining outside, if you've been mulling over some recent heartbreak, this'll keep you company just fine. Like an old knit blanket. She has one of those voices that you can FEEL.
  10. TerinaE
    Jun 4, 2003
    8
    Fresh and different and bold. Just what I needed.
  11. MattT
    Aug 26, 2003
    10
    honest & sincere
  12. GinaP
    Jan 5, 2004
    10
    Its like a cannibal has ripped this straight out of her chest. Could possibly reduce you to tears. i think its brilliant, the best yet.
  13. JimL
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    Great! Harder rocking.
  14. DavidA
    Apr 23, 2003
    7
    No Essence, but some great songs-
  15. BillyC.
    Jun 26, 2003
    3
    Extremely disappointing. She has fallen far from the heights of Car Wheels . . .
  16. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    the best album i've ever heard
  17. 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.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. There's more Patti Smith in her than there is Patsy Cline.
  2. World Without Tears... is the singer-songwriter's rawest album to date -- it's often closer to all-out rock than it is to either alt-country or the singer-songwriter tradition -- and it's also her best release so far.
  3. 100
    Williams' captivating lyrics are gut-wrenchingly intimate.