Too Much Desire

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Three years previously, Texas songwriter Robyn Ludwick's debut album, For So Long, appeared like a stunning blast of central Texas summer heat from the hill country outside Austin. It stands as one of those shocks to the system that makes a listener sit up, take notice, and get slain by. It is sophisticated but uncompromising; it's as sensual as the moisture from a lover's lips on a hot humid night, and as raw as a fresh tattoo. It can't hurt that her brothers are Bruce and Charlie Robison, her sister-in-law is Kelly Willis, and her husband is bassist John Ludwick. But the songs are all hers. Too Much Desire mirrors its title perfectly: its songs are full of the extremes in ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Three years previously, Texas songwriter Robyn Ludwick's debut album, For So Long, appeared like a stunning blast of central Texas summer heat from the hill country outside Austin. It stands as one of those shocks to the system that makes a listener sit up, take notice, and get slain by. It is sophisticated but uncompromising; it's as sensual as the moisture from a lover's lips on a hot humid night, and as raw as a fresh tattoo. It can't hurt that her brothers are Bruce and Charlie Robison, her sister-in-law is Kelly Willis, and her husband is bassist John Ludwick. But the songs are all hers. Too Much Desire mirrors its title perfectly: its songs are full of the extremes in human emotion and behavior, reflecting the thoughts that occur to us while keeping the night watch restlessly awaiting the dawn. Ludwick's songs are rooted in Texas country music, folk, and even country gospel and rock. Her voice is full and rich, a deep contralto that is as Southern and rugged as the terrain she comes from; it goes deep like Lucinda Williams or Rosanne Cash, yet is as lonesome, rich, and expressive as Stevie Nicks at her best. Husband John and brother-in-law Mike Hardwick who play bass and guitar, respectively produced the set, with Eddie Cantu on drums and guitarist Andrew Nafziger completing the band. There are one-offs by friends and more family. Michael Ramos, Warren Hood, Willis, Eliza Gilkyson, Thomas Robison Ludwick, her brothers, and Eleanor Whitmore also appear. Ludwick is among the most searing, confessional songwriters out there, and the bravery in her approach to delivering these revelatory lyrics-as-exposed-secrets is made possible by the group that backs her. Very few songwriters, male or female, can pull off a lyric as naked as ."..I know it ain't cool/How you play with my heart/But it hurts so good when you tear it apart/You're gonna make it alright tonight..." on "Alright," the album opener. It gets more intimate from here, but vulnerability -- expressed with acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, a fiddle here and there, and some backing vocal support -- shouldn't be translated as weakness. Despite the whining steel and unplugged six-string in true Texas waltz style, one can hear the truth of Bessie Smith's "Empty Bed Blues" in "'72 Texas," when Ludwick sings: "Now I'm lookin' for love/But it ain't lookin good/You see the boys that I like/They don't treat me no damn good...." Ludwick's characters are women who've been deeply disappointed by love, life, and empty promises, but refuse to surrender. No matter how beaten, her protagonists always roll the dice again. They have no way out -- as expressed in the amazing song of the same title -- but don't care, because the horizon is empty and what's available is right now. "Boulevard," a rocker, is a "bad girl"'s anthem of desire laid bare -- it knows the cost and is more than willing to pay it. Yet this is only the beginning of this magical record. Ludwick is a poet and storyteller "Sweet Marie" whose art pours truth from a broken-necked bottle; it's there in spades. Her aesthetic strength comes from, to paraphrase W.B. Yeats, "the rag and bone shop of the heart." Too Much Desire is strong yet beautiful stuff. It aches and staggers, struts, crumbles in tears, then rises to do it all again throughout. It's as elegant and graceful as a straight razor; it takes no prisoners, makes no apologies. In other words, it's just drop-dead gorgeous.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Late Show Records
  • UPC: 678572960321
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 248,961

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alright (3:34)
  2. 2 '72 Texas (5:06)
  3. 3 No Way Out (3:18)
  4. 4 Big Fall (3:58)
  5. 5 Boulevard (4:11)
  6. 6 Monte Carlo (4:15)
  7. 7 Lolita (3:51)
  8. 8 Sweet Marie (5:34)
  9. 9 Pleasure and Pain (4:56)
  10. 10 Desire (5:27)
  11. 11 Lullaby (0:55)
  12. 12 Julia Odessa (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robyn Ludwick Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Eliza Gilkyson Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rich Brotherton Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Kim Deschamps Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Ramos Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Bruce Robison Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Robison Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Eddie Cantu Percussion, Drums
John Ludwick Percussion, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Upright Bass, Vocal Harmony
Mike Hardwick Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Karen Poston Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Andrew Nafziger Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Warren Hood Mandolin, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Michael Shay Cello
Eleanor Whitmore Violin, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Andrew Hernandez Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Melissa Becker Viola
Technical Credits
John Ludwick Producer, Audio Production
Mike Hardwick Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Tubb Mastering, Remastering
Eleanor Whitmore Arranger, String Arrangements
Robyn Ludwick Composer
Ellen Breaux Audio Production
David Tasgal Composer
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