Just over a quarter of a century on from its original release, Louisiana alt-country singer Lucinda Williams’s first album for Rough Trade is still as fresh as a daisy.
From the driving Americana of I Just Wanted to See You So Bad to the scuffed electric blues closer I Asked For Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) there’s rarely a mis-step here.
Williams’s sharp eye for lyrical detail is evident in observations such as “Well the music’s playing fast/And they just met/He presses up against her/And his shirt’s all soaked with sweat” and “You wait in the car on the side of the road/Let me go and stand awhile/I wanna know you’re there but I wanna be alone/If only for a minute or two/I want to see what it feels like to be without you”.
Passionate Kisses is the instant standout with Williams asking “Do I want too much?/Am I going overboard to want that touch?” over a chiming guitar riff.
Abandoned is raw and impassioned, with an attention-grabbing opening line that runs “All of my love has been taken for granted/I’ve been fair but you’ve been underhanded”.
But there are moments of tenderness too in the folky Like A Rose and the rueful Am I Too Blue.
Complete with a bonus disc that features a live set recorded in Eindhoven in 1989 and the yodelling studio rarity Goin’ Back Home, this remastered set now sounds even better than it did in 1988.