Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lucinda Williams as part of the 33 1/3 series

I'm pretty surprised that Lucinda Williams hadn't yet been included in Continuum's 33 1/3 series of mini-sized books written about critically lauded albums. Actually, I had a hard time digging up any info on this. Amazon has the publication date listed as September 2009, but the Continuum site lists it as June 1, 2010. Either way, I'm glad to see her superb self-titled album  included in the project. From Amazon:

"The album was recorded over just a few days in a tiny Santa Monica studio, but was really the fruit of an intense three years in the life of a then-unknown songwriter and her band, playing tiny L.A. dives, building up a local following, and honing their songs. In those years, Lucinda says, "a magical thing happened". The result, from a songwriter's standpoint, was one of the great records of the last 25 years. The disc is packed with vivid characters - most of them tough, wise, and romantic, and sometimes uncertain working-class women not unlike Lucinda herself."

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