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Released: 1988

Rating: 4.290 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: folk

Quotable: “A must-own for country and blues fans who appreciate great songwriting.” – Vik Iyengar, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. I Just Wanted to See You So Bad
  2. The Night’s Too Long
  3. Abandoned
  4. Big Red Sun Blues
  5. Like a Rose
  6. Changed the Locks
  7. Passionate Kisses
  8. Am I Too Blue
  9. Cresent City
  10. Side of the Road
  11. Price to Pay
  12. I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline)

Sales (in millions):

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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Passionate Kisses * (12/26/92) #53a US, 4 CW, #11 AC, air: 2.0 m
  • Change the Locks ** (1/4/97) #20 AR
* cover version by Mary Chapin-Carpenter
** cover version by Tom Petty


One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams
“Lucinda Williams took eight years to write and record her second album of original songs,” VI but the result was “an album that has been long been recognized as a classic” VI and is “a must-own for country and blues fans who appreciate great songwriting.” VI “While some producers and record executives have said that she is difficult to work with, one can never argue with the finished product.” VI “In addition to writing strong melodies,” VI she is a “thinking listener’s country songwriter” BL who “stand apart from the Nashville mainstream by virtue of the intelligence of her songs, delivered in a voice of uncompromising honesty.” BL

Williams has “a knack for writing a lyric that acknowledges the complicated nature of relationships while cutting right to the heart of the matter.” VI “Her voice contains a heartache comparable to Emmylou Harris, but she has a darker side and a toughness that allows her to live inside the blues or rock with abandon.” VI “She crafts each song meticulously and deftly blends country, blues, and folk to create a unique sound that cannot be pigeonholed into any particular format.” VI “Every song packs an emotional punch line and rewards the listener each time with something new.” VI

The album “has been mined for hit songs over the years by such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, who turned Passionate Kisses into a country hit, and Tom Petty, who included Changed the Locks on his soundtrack album She’s the One.” VI

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Last updated March 20, 2010.