Lucinda Williams' 11 Best Songs
By Darryl Smyers
For the better part of four decades, Lucinda Williams has been one of the best songwriters going. Over the course of ten albums, Williams has moved from earthy blues and folk to jangly country/pop. What has remained consistent is her breathtaking vocal delivery and unflinching honesty.
A propos of, um, nothing except for our love for her (and the fact that she lives in L.A.!), we took a shot at listing the 11 best songs in her catalog.
11. "Changed the Locks"
From her 1988 self-titled third album (considered by many to be her best), "Change the Locks" is one of Williams' most hard hitting numbers. Her sneering vocal performance fits the song's ill-tempered mood. The Silos do a great version of this on their 1994 album Susan Across the Ocean.
10. "Steal Your Love"
From 2001's Essence, this mid-tempo cut is filled with yearning and regret: two of Williams' most common themes. The album gets a bad rap from fans, but "Steal Your Love" fits right alongside Williams' best work.