Good Souls Better Angels

Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #107 / 792
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2020 Ratings: #662
Liked by 3 people
April 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Highway 20, Thirty Tigers / Label
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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.
The Line of Best Fit

Good Souls never sounds less than compelling, but considering the album’s firebrand nature, it’s the more conciliatory that fares best.


Good Souls Better Angels offers plenty to fans of Williams' blistering 1998 classic "Joy" and the righteous fury within.

Williams has certainly done some of her best handiwork with a blues-rock record that is so of-this-moment, it’d be crazy not to acknowledge it as one of the most important of the year so far.

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.


Good Souls Better Angels is 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.

Just pretty standard and forgettable.

Best Track: Shadows & Doubts
Worst Track: Big Black Train
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.

Good Souls Better Angels rises from the darkest corners of Lucinda Williams’ world: down desert roads, in a barren country, through the windows of homes and churches that don’t offer the sanctuary they promise. These 12 songs are tough and haunted, built on simple blues progressions that twist and pull until they fray. ... read more
Personal, political, sometimes transcendent.
Lucinda Williams is an American musician that’s been incorporating elements of rock, folk and country in her music since her self-titled debut back in 1988. I recently had gone back and discovered that release, along with other albums that followed like 1992’s Sweet Old World and her best received 1998 set Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and completely fell in love with all of them. She is so good at creating characters and world that are fully realized in her lyrics and I’ve ... read more
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Track List

  1. You Can't Rule Me
  2. Bad News Blues
  3. Man Without a Soul
  4. Big Black Train
  5. Wakin' Up
  6. Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  7. Shadows & Doubts
  8. When the Way Gets Dark
  9. Bone of Contention
  10. Down Past the Bottom
  11. Big Rotator
  12. Good Souls
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Added on: February 4, 2020