LOST IN THE NOISE

September 11 — HE NEVER GOT ENOUGH LOVE, Lucinda Williams (1992)

imageThis morning’s “All Songs Considered” NPR podcast poses an interesting question: “Which artists have you broken up with, and why?” Commentators and listeners recount in comical detail when it all went south for them with favorite artists. Sometimes the artist changes, and sometimes it’s the listener. Often it’s amicable, but other times it gets ugly. And sometimes, you just drift apart. Most of my break-ups fall into the latter category. To wit, I refuse to believe I’ve broken up with Lucinda Williams. But we have definitely cooled. We were hot and heavy in the ’90s, culminating with the masterpiece “Car Wheels On a Gravel Road.” The next three, “Essence,” “World Without Tears” and “West” all had their bright moments. But then something happened with her voice, whether intentional or not. Add to that some uninspired songs like the AC/DC cover “It’s a Long Way to the Top” and, I’m sorry Lucinda, this isn’t working for me any more. But I still remember the good times. They can’t take that away from us.

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