Lucinda Williams started her own record label just so she could put out this double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, and have complete artistic control over the 100 minute magnum opus. It pushes her down and out country/blues sound to places you'd never think it could go. On many of the tracks she sounds like she's right on the edge of crying while singing. Many tracks on this album made me think of Lucinda Williams as a female version of Tony Joe White, plumbing the depths of some psychic swamp.
I'm not sure I'd want this album to be anyone's first introduction to Lucinda Williams nor would I make any claim that this album has commercial potential. But I'll say this: When I got done listening to this album I felt like I'd just listened to something that's truly original and I felt like she had managed to find the kernel of beauty in its sadness and I was happy to realize I'd thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm adding "Protection," "East Side Of Town," "Cold Day In Hell," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "Walk On," "Temporary Nature (Of Any Precious Thing)," "Everything But The Truth," and "This Old Heartache" to rotation.
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Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone‘s twenty songs include “Compassion,” based on a poem written by Williams’ father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, and a cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia.”
Guest musicians include guitarists Bill Frisell, Tony Joe White, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, and Elvis Costello rhythm section members Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass) and Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis. The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan sings harmony on “It’s Gonna Rain.”