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Good Souls Better Angels

Lucinda Williams

Good Souls Better Angels

Thirteenth studio album from the Grammy award-winning Americana legend produced by Ray Kennedy and Tom Overby

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Her voice, her phrasing, her timing are her own. This is a singer in tune with her mission and a band in tune with her
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  2. 10.0 |   Q

    It's the voice that carries it all: rawer and more rousing by the minute. Print edition only

  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    On her new searing album, Good Souls Better Angels, Lucinda Williams rages against the darkness of our era and seeks the strength to get through it
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  4. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    Take a deep breath, strap in then push play on what is undoubtedly one of the most searing, potent and passionate albums you’ll hear this year
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  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Williams couldn’t have known she would be soundtracking an age of masks and protests, but she couldn’t have matched the zeitgeist much better with her focused rage
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  6. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    After so long in the game, it’s miraculous to hear her take such a fresh approach to her sound
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  7. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The alt-country luminary puts her songwriting chops to use on an album that — maybe for the first time in career — truly verges on protest music
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    New album channels protest music and social comment through Delta blues mythology and psych-rock
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Drawing as much from punk as roadhouse blues, Lucinda Williams’ loud and unsparing new album is some of the heaviest, most inspiring music of her career
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There are moments on Good Souls Better Angels that recall mid-’90s Neil Young in its focused fury and righteous anger – some may be put off by the rather grim tone, but if you’re seeking a soundtrack for the end of the world, you’ll find none better than this
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  11. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    What continues to both disarm and comfort about Williams as she glides into her late 60s on the crest of an extraordinary career now entering its fourth decade, is how adept she remains at shifting mood, tone, emotion and musical palette at the drop of a plectrum
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Many of those tracks suit the despair, rage and hope of the moment, while also speaking to enough big truths to be timeless
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  13. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Blazing, storm-ravaged rock
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    She writes about toxic masculinity and abusive relationships with racing candour, and she sings with a fresh, unnerving snarl that weaponises her signature twang. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There are straight-ahead, stripped down, old-style blues rockers. Also there just the blues - slow beauties that seem to be about depression and being lost, that feel more personal than political. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    She moves with ease from a fierce snarl to a sensual drawl
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  17. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Lucinda Williams meets some Good Souls Better Angels on a raucous trip to hell and back
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  18. 6.0 |   All Music

    Full of fierce, engrossing music from a great band with a mesmerizing frontwoman, but as fine as that is, it comes from someone who is capable of better work, and though this is still recommended to fans, it's ultimately a good album from someone who has been consistently great in the past
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  19. 6.0 |   The Independent

    A doom-laden but defiant album
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