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Album: Blessed *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Buttercup
2)    I Don't Know How You're Livin'
3)    Copenhagen
4)    Born To Be Loved
5)    Seeing Black
6)    Soldier's Song
7)    Blessed
8)    Sweet Love
9)    Ugly Truth
10)    Convince Me
11)    Awakening
12)    Kiss Like Your Kiss
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lucinda Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar); Greg Leisz (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, pedal steel guitar); Val McCallum (electric guitar, slide guitar, National guitar); Rami Jaffee (accordion, piano); David Sutton (upright bass, electric bass); Butch Norton (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
  • Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: James Minchin III.
  • Blessed is Lucinda Williams' tenth studio offering. The album was produced by Don Was with co-production from Eric Liljestrand and Tom Overby; the latter pair produced 2008's Little Honey. Like its predecessor, this one is full of guest appearances, including return cameos by Matthew Sweet, Elvis Costello (who plays a mean solo guitar on the set's fifth track "Seeing Black," written in memory of Vic Chesnutt) appears on a handful of songs, along with Rami Jaffee and Greg Leisz. The deluxe edition of the record -- both in physical (CD and LP) and digital forms -- carries a bonus disc entitled The Kitchen Tapes; the contents are the original raw demos Williams recorded while writing at her kitchen table.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Williams' wearied singing and rich guitar shadings from Greg Leisz and Elvis Costello bring out the emotionalism in an hour long set of often somber roots-rock songs."

Spin (p.85) - "BLESSED feels more like a country-blues toast to the pissed-off side of interpersonal relations, set to coproducer Don Was' sturdy barroom roots rock."

Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "[S]he delivers heartfelt laments like 'I Don't Know How You're Livin'' with an impressive candor..." -- Grade: B-

Down Beat (p.54) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Over the past decade, Williams' songwriting has taken a turn toward the minimalist, and BLESSED pushes that to new levels."

Billboard (p.32) - "Williams works her way through country, soul and the hymnal ambience of the title track, handling a broad range of emotional breadth with surprisingly supple dexterity."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vocally, Williams has never sounded better, whether wailing against a wash of amped-up guitars on the opening 'Buttercup' or achingly testifying on the slow burn strut of 'Convince Me.'"

Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BLESSED is a powerful, vivid, highly emotive record. True happiness, it seems, suits her very well."
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