Essence (Dig)

定価:¥ 1,313
マーケットプレイス価格:¥ 784 (税込)

レーベル:Lost Highway
JAN:0008817019727 売上ランキング:音楽で247476位

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  1. Lonely Girls
  2. Steal Your Love
  3. I Envy The Wind
  4. Blue
  5. Out Of Touch
  6. Are You Down?
  7. Essence
  8. Reason To Cry
  9. Get Right With God
  10. Bus To Baton Rouge
  11. Broken Butterflies
Few artists in recent memory have been able to wring more from less than Lucinda Williams. The hauntingly beautiful, wistful, and often breathtaking Essence is another case in point of how far raw emotion and honesty can carry an artist. Williams's singing is at its paralyzing best throughout 11 bare originals, an incredibly affecting vocal performance by a woman who was not blessed with exceptional tone, range, or pitch. Throughout, her voice is incredibly naked, vulnerable, and wrought with feeling. "Blue" and "Broken Butterflies" are gorgeous anti-lullabies whose simple melodies belie their poignant ruminations. The title track is a sultry and susceptible sex-as-drug come-on while "Reason to Cry" has all the hallmarks of a classic country lament. The only departure from the subdued mood is "Get Right with God," a rousing gospel tune that practically begs for salvation through punishment and is the rare acknowledgement of a world beyond Williams's own fears and desires. More meditative than the personal narratives found on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence is ultimately more powerful. Williams wallows in sorrow and weakness, and the result is moving and disarming. --Marc Greilsamer