As expected from Williams, there are poignant intimate moments that cut to the core as well as some of the fullest arrangements Williams has ever recorded. Williams challenges herself vocally throughout the album, exploring new dynamics with her instrument and even incorporating improvisational elements to some of her songs. There are extended performances by an incredible list of guests that include Bill Frisell, Tony Joe White & Stuart Mathis, keyboardist Ian McLagan (Faces) as well as Elvis Costello’s famous rhythm section of Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass). Jakob Dylan adds harmony vocals on the beautiful “It’s Gonna Rain” while Williams’ longtime rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass) make significant contributions.
At 61, Lucinda Williams is in the middle of the most prolific point of her career, with no signs of slowing down. After 10 acclaimed studio albums, she is still evolving and pushing forward creatively.
She refuses to rest on her laurels. Then again, the best artists never do.