Perhaps I've made no secret (duh) of my love for Lucinda Williams. The critical darling seemed to fall out of favor with critics on last year's West, but Little Honey will probably offer some redemption. Yes, I've heard it, and yes, it's fuckin' great. And no, that's not exactly an objective opinion.
- Amazon orders will receive an MP3 bonus track "Bone Of Contention" on October 28.
- Best Buy purchasers will receive (presumably) download codes for five alternate versions of tracks from Little Honey.
Most of the reviews thus far have been positive, though I think critics are taking Lucinda a bit for granted these days due probably to her recent prolific tendencies:
- Slant magazine
- Hartford Courant
- Metromix Nashville
- All Music Guide
- UPDATE: PopMatters (spot on, imho)
- UPDATE: Paste
- UPDATE: The Onion's A. V. Club
- UPDATE II: Josh Hurst (with whom I'll respectfully disagree)
- UPDATE II: Pitchfork
It's not just that it's the warmest instrument in rock, country and blues (Williams' favorite playgrounds) but that Doug Pettibone is the best unknown guitarist in all three. On song after song, Pettibone's six-string acts as Williams' adoring foil, flirting with her between the lyrics on "Circles and Xs," replying with great gusts of seduction on "Knowing."