Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
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Based on 5 reviews
1998 Ratings: #2 / 92
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Based on 45 ratings
1998 Ratings: #36
June 30, 1998 / Release Date
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Mercury / Label
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daFigz
97
Lucinda Williams release, "Car Wheels..." is the record that inspired me to begin to consider the sub-genre of Americana music. It led me to listen to the Jayhawks, Emmylou Harris and Tift Merritt to name but a few of the artists and bands that Williams' music opened up to me. And in the years since, her music continues to delight me. What makes "Car Wheels..." so profoundly unique is in the degree of musical sophistication present in the playing, song writing and tenacity ... read more
91
20 years later, and Lucinda Williams’ best-known masterpiece still sounds just as essential as it did the day it came out. If there had been any doubt that Lucinda Williams was among the best songwriters of her generation, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” erased it. It’s a masterclass in songwriting — strikingly honest, poetic but plainspoken, personal yet universal. At the same time, I’d imagined Williams’ work was unapproachable, and that couldn’t ... read more
itsyahboinoah
75
Leaves much more to be desired. Lucinda Williams is one of the more prolific singer/songwriting artist i heard much about but never listen too. People mention this album is to be her classic but to be frankly honest i was quite underwhelmed by this. Her lyrics are heartfelt but at the same time the musicianship here is bit lacking. However, after numerous listens it is actually growing on me bit by bit. As for now this will be my rating, but maybe in the future it will go up.
tha138
68
Country rock at its best.
She cleverly uses her rough side to explore the world of emotions.
A well balanced suggestion.
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Track List

  1. Right In Time
  2. Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
  3. 2 Cool 2 Be 4-Gotten
  4. Drunken Angel
  5. Concrete and Barbed Wire
  6. Lake Charles
  7. Can't Let Go
  8. I Lost It
  9. Metal Firecracker
  10. Greenville
  11. Still I Long for Your Kiss
  12. Joy
  13. Jackson
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