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Little Honey
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Manufacturer: Lost Highway
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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0602517741737
Label: Lost Highway
Manufacturer: Lost Highway
Number Of Discs: 1
Publisher: Lost Highway
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Studio: Lost Highway

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Editorial Reviews:

Lucinda Williams has always been adept at painting landscapes of the soul, illuminating the spirit's shadowy nooks and shimmering crannies -- but she's never captured the sun breaking through the clouds as purely as on her new Lost Highway release, Little Honey

The album features a duet with Elvis Costello "Jailhouse Tears" Other guest vocalists include Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Easton and Charlie Louvin.

The first single "Real Love" is available for download in the Amazon MP3 store.


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Want More than a Moment or Two
Comment: I was not expecting a Lucinda Williams disk so soon after 'West' was released. I didn't even know 'Little Honey' was coming until I stumbled across a review in a Sunday paper a few days prior to its release date.

Unlike many, I really liked 'West', save a few songs. I thought it had some unique elements for a Williams disk. It was supposedly her 'sad' album, as opposed to her 'angry' album or this one, which people are calling her 'happy' disk. Whatever.

Williams sings with such conviction on any of her releases, that I don't really go for the emotional labels people & reviewers insist putting on her.

But I will say - after a month or so of playing, this disk is not grabbing me. Not entirely. It has its moments, but all of her disks have moments ('World Without Tears', anyone??). I will also say, the iPod has made full "album" listening much more difficult. I lament the loss of the needle hitting vinyl and listening to a disk song by song. Some of the issue is my time, or lack thereof.

I'm not surprised at folks like Jim Lauderdale & Elvis Costello on the disk. A little more at Matthew Sweet and much more so of Susanna Hoffs (though when you get Sweet, sometimes you get Hoffs), and then can't quite over a cover of any AC/DC song ("It's a Long Way to the Top"). It was a surprise to see a little known singer, Gia Ciambotti, from an 80's group called the Graces, doing background vocals.

As with the last few albums, Williams has some stand-outs, some ok songs and some clunkers. I love "Knowing", "Circle and X's" and "Rarity". I really like "Real Love" and "Little Rock Star" too. But in my opinion, when the songs clunk, they clunk. I'm not a fan of "Well Well Well" or "Honey Bee" - and don't get me started on that AC/DC song.

My only true problem with Lucinda's last few disks is that she is consistently inconsistent. And that is an issue I had not seen in her before 'World Without Tears'. I'm hoping she can rectify that. Like I said, all of her disks have moments - I want more than that.

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Summary: Little Honey
Comment: This is the best album Lucinda Williams has done since `Wheels on a Gravel Road' I highly recommend

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: okay but not her best
Comment: this is more rock, less country. majority of tracks didn't move me, especially. her energy and enthusiasm show through, though. good to listen to occasionally. if this was an experiment for her, it was worth it.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: Disappointing
Comment: disappointing... Steel Wheels on a Gravel Road and the albums that preceded it were her oeuvre...since then it's been downer album after downer album. too bad.

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Summary: Drowned Out
Comment: I have everything she has done and I love every bit of it. I had earlier heard a few of these songs from this album from a live recording done by "All Music Considered" produced by NPR at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The songs were more simple, less orchestration, better guitar, better vocals and you could hear her unusual but excellent voice without the over-dubbing. This album took some pretty fantastic songs and ruined them in a sea of noise.

Get on the web, listen to that concert at the 9:30 club, and you'll really notice the difference. The CD was a little disheartening for me. I've only listened to it once, though, so here's hoping it gets better and grows on me the more I listen to it.


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