User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  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.
  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. 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.
  4. JimL
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    Great! Harder rocking.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    the best album i've ever heard
  6. JonH
    Jun 13, 2004
    10
    another wonderful record from Lucinda.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Matt
    Jul 9, 2003
    9
    Another great album for Lucinda. Different is not always worse.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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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.