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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lucinda Williams has made a career of writing terrific unrequited love songs, shattered ballads, and sexually liberated tomes drenched in blues, country, folk and rock. Since her breakthrough on 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she's actually recorded quite regularly; Little Honey is her fourth studio album this decade so far and fifth overall -- in the '90s she released a total of two. Williams throws some more change-ups into the mix this time. For starters, this is the most polished and studied record she's ever made. Produced by Eric Liljestrand and Tom Overby, its sound is utterly contemporary, though its forms are rooted in electric '70s rock as well as her ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lucinda Williams has made a career of writing terrific unrequited love songs, shattered ballads, and sexually liberated tomes drenched in blues, country, folk and rock. Since her breakthrough on 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she's actually recorded quite regularly; Little Honey is her fourth studio album this decade so far and fifth overall -- in the '90s she released a total of two. Williams throws some more change-ups into the mix this time. For starters, this is the most polished and studied record she's ever made. Produced by Eric Liljestrand and Tom Overby, its sound is utterly contemporary, though its forms are rooted in electric '70s rock as well as her fallbacks on blues and old-school Americana. The set opens with the rollicking "Real Love," with jangling, charging guitars by Doug Pettibone, and Rob Burger on Wurlitzer, and a backing chorus held down by the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet. Its pop
ock bent is tempered by the roiling pace and Williams trademark Louisiana voice. But it's a startling introduction to an album that, while produced with a certain conscious flair, is the most loosely focused of her career in terms of her songwriting. Williams can still write the beautiful cut-time country tunes, such as the ballad "Circles and X's" and the honky tonk "Jailhouse Tears," a fun throwaway duet with Elvis Costello, and a backing chorus that includes Jim Lauderdale. The blues make their appearance on the beautiful "Tears of Joy" and the appropriately titled "Heaven Blues," a song that references her late mother and redemption, with excellent slide work by Pettibone. Greasy, punched up guitar rock is what fuels the sexually charged "Honey Bee," and a cover of AC/DC's "Long Way to the Top" though her arrangement on the latter doesn't work. There's also the beautiful, but lyrically indulgent, "Little Rock Star" a warning to the unnamed talents who live in the self-made hell of excess. Williams should know. The album's longest cut is "Rarity," a poignantly gorgeous, heartfelt, cough-syrup tribute to an unnamed but very talented peer. It features Hoffs and Sweet, and a lovely gospel horn arrangement by Bruce Fowler. Its languid, lazy pace is atmospheric and draws itself out over eight minutes making for one of the most memorable moments here. Quoting Williams' lyrics out of context doesn't serve for this record, because they are more directly song lyrics than the poetry she's crafted in song form before. Upon first listen Little Honey is quite jarring for all of its textural and production shifts and dodges, but in time it settles into the listener as a mixed collection of decent songs that pack some punch, but no jaw-dropping wallops. The faithful will no doubt enjoy this set, but the novice should look to earlier albums to discover what all the critical fuss has been about these last 25 years.
Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
While it shows that the 55-year-old barbed-wire country singer is wary of rock's trappings, Little Honey proves she's still crushed out on the music.
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
A more eventful album than usual from the alt-country mainstay, with guest spots from Elvis Costello, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs.

A more eventful album than usual from the alt-country mainstay, with guest spots from Elvis Costello, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517741737
  • Catalog Number: 001143402
  • Sales rank: 12,386

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Real Love - Buick Six (3:45)
  2. 2 Circles and X's - Buick Six (3:40)
  3. 3 Tears of Joy - Buick Six (4:27)
  4. 4 Little Rock Star - Buick Six (5:42)
  5. 5 Honey Bee - Buick Six (3:05)
  6. 6 Well Well Well - Buick Six (4:29)
  7. 7 If Wishes Were Horses - Buick Six (5:40)
  8. 8 Jailhouse Tears - Buick Six (5:28)
  9. 9 Knowing - Buick Six (6:00)
  10. 10 Heaven Blues - Buick Six (5:23)
  11. 11 Rarity - Buick Six (8:43)
  12. 12 Plan to Marry - Buick Six (3:26)
  13. 13 It's a Long Way to the Top - Buick Six (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucinda Williams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jim Lauderdale Background Vocals
Elvis Costello Vocals
Susanna Hoffs Vocals
Matthew Sweet Vocals
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Gia Ciambotti Background Vocals
Walt Fowler Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charlie Louvin Background Vocals
Susan Marshall Background Vocals
David Sutton Electric Bass, Cello, Double Bass
Albert Wing Tenor Saxophone
Kristin Mooney Background Vocals
Doug Pettibone Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Rob Burger Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Vibes, Pump Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Butch Norton Percussion, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Rainstick, finger cymbals, Bowed Cymbals, Chang Chang
Tim Easton Background Vocals
Jeff "Chet" Lyster Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Saw, Table Steel
Technical Credits
Lucinda Williams Composer
Bruce Fowler Horn Arrangements
Bon Scott Composer
Andy Taub Engineer
Angus Young Composer
Malcolm Young Composer
Eric Liljestrand Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Butch Norton Sound Effects
Tom Overby Producer
Vanessa Parr Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I found this CD boring and made no sense.

    i had high hopes for this but was totally disappointed. The CD seemed to not have any consistency and jumped all over the place.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Powerful

    Lucinda Williams has a massive set of pipes. Incredible to listen to, the raw power and emotion is sensational.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Lucinda Williams returns in a big way!

    What a pleasure it is to hear Lucinda Williams back with an upbeat, positive winner in "Litte Honey." This thoroughly listenable and terrific album highlights the best of her songwriting abilities with plenty of western swing and emotion all the way, not to mention top notch musical talent. I loved this release from beginning to end, with plenty more listens to look forward to - highly recommended!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    I really wanted to like this CD, but it seems like a "thrown together at the last minute" thing. West was way better. Her concerts are awesome and this won't stop me from seeing her whenever I can.

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