Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition) (1992/2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition) (1992/2017) [Official Digital Download]

Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World (Deluxe Edition) (1992/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 70:59 minutes | 747 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

25th ANNIVERSARY 2017 reissue of her wonderful 1992 album 'Sweet Old World', completely re-recorded & expanded with 4 bonus tracks plus new artwork! Includes 'Sidewalks Of The City' & 'Hot Blood' plus a cover of the Nick Drake song 'Which Will'.

Re-recording a back catalog is a calculated risk for most artists. While hindsight may give musicians a wiser perspective than they had years before, it also encourages some people to fix things that weren't really broken. And more often than not, the motivation to recut older material is to get a second payday out of a set of songs rather than revealing a new creative perspective. Both art and commerce may have been factors in Lucinda Williams' decision to take another shot at the songs from her 1992 album, Sweet Old World. Williams famously battled producers, A&R men, and label executives for control while making the original album, and it was recorded for a label that has since gone out of business, so chances are good she's not getting royalties for it anymore. For whatever reason, 2017's This Sweet Old World finds Williams remaking the songs from her 1992 release, sometimes faithfully and sometimes with fresh arrangements and lyrical revisions. ("He Never Got Enough Love" even gets a new chorus and title, "Drivin' Down a Dead End Street.") From a musical standpoint, This Sweet Old World is a genuine improvement over the original LP. Here Williams is backed by her road band, and they give the material an approach that feels more organic, especially with Stuart Mathis on guitar, while their push-and-pull with Williams' vocals boasts more nuance. These recordings also lack the very dated drum sounds and production decisions that feel like flaws 25 years after Sweet Old World was first released. But the double-edged sword here is Williams' vocals. On Sweet Old World, she often sounded like she was still learning how to best interpret her material, and she occasionally seemed clumsy and unsure, though never less than emotionally honest. This Sweet Old World is the work of a far more confident and experienced vocalist, and her phrasing here generally works better. However, her voice at the age of 64 is considerably grainier and less supple that it was at 39, and if her technique has improved with time, her instrument most certainly has not. Williams is hardly a bad vocalist on This Sweet Old World, but the inevitable comparisons to the earlier recordings of this material are not flattering, and that's the biggest stumbling block for old fans giving this a listen. One thing is certain: in either version, this is a set of great songs from a master tunesmith, and Williams performs her material with greater intelligence and soul than anyone else could muster. When you remember that Emmylou Harris once covered the title track of Sweet Old World, you know that's no small accomplishment. AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

01. Six Blocks Away 04:13
02. Prove My Love 04:53
03. Something About What Happens When We Talk 04:44
04. Memphis Pearl 04:19
05. Sidewalks Of The City 05:24
06. Sweet Old World 04:45
07. Little Angel, Little Brother 04:42
08. Pineola 04:18
09. Lines Around Your Eyes 02:45
10. Drivin' Down A Dead End Street 06:06
11. Hot Blood 06:19
12. Which Will 04:31
13. Factory Blues (Bonus Track) 03:36
14. What You Don't Know (Bonus Track) 03:52
15. Wild And Blue (Bonus Track) 03:31
16. Dark Side Of Life (Bonus Track) 03:02

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2017-10-20 10:50:45

Analyzed: Lucinda Williams / This Sweet Old World

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR7 -0.31 dB -8.02 dB 4:13 01-Six Blocks Away
DR6 -0.31 dB -8.00 dB 4:54 02-Prove My Love
DR7 -0.31 dB -9.36 dB 4:45 03-Something About What Happens When We Talk
DR9 -0.31 dB -12.30 dB 4:19 04-Memphis Pearl
DR7 -0.31 dB -9.63 dB 5:24 05-Sidewalks Of The City
DR9 -0.31 dB -11.43 dB 4:46 06-Sweet Old World
DR9 -0.31 dB -10.98 dB 4:42 07-Little Angel Little Brother
DR6 -0.31 dB -8.83 dB 4:19 08-Pineola
DR6 -0.31 dB -7.01 dB 2:46 09-Lines Around Your Eyes
DR11 -0.31 dB -14.23 dB 6:06 10-Drivin' Down A Dead End Street
DR7 -0.31 dB -8.90 dB 6:20 11-Hot Blood
DR11 -0.31 dB -13.72 dB 4:32 12-Which Will
DR8 -0.31 dB -9.80 dB 3:36 13-Factory Blues
DR7 -0.31 dB -9.16 dB 3:52 14-What You Don't Know
DR9 -0.31 dB -11.82 dB 3:32 15-Wild and Blue
DR9 -0.31 dB -10.99 dB 3:02 16-Dark Side Of Life

Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1375 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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