Editors’ Notes In her mid-50s, Lucinda Williams is turning both more reflective and more determined to shed the perceived limits of age and rock like a young teen discovering the power of the electric guitar for the first time. So, rockers like “Real Love,” “Honey Bee,” and the swinging “Jailhouse Tears” (with Elvis Costello) come with a heightened sense of bravado, and ballads such as “If Wishes Were Horses,” “Plan to Marry,” and the eight-and-a-half minute death march of “Rarity,” with its cascading horns and ever-present organ, purr with a sense of finality that’s positively scary in its intensity. Williams writes a cautionary tale, “Little Rock Star,” that warns of the obvious seductions in waiting for each young naïve thing. And the cover of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” is at once bizarre and absolutely perfect, a blues lament coming from the mouth of a woman who has spent decades trying to get her point across. Few artists are this consistently intense. Lucinda’s the real deal.

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Real Love
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3:45
 
Circles and X's
2
3:40
 
Tears of Joy
3
4:27
 
Little Rock Star
4
5:42
 
Honey Bee
5
3:03
 
Well, Well, Well
6
4:27
 
If Wishes Were Horses
7
5:40
 
Jailhouse Tears
8
5:25
 
Knowing
9
5:59
 
Heaven Blues
10
5:22
 
Rarity
11
8:41
 
Plan to Marry
12
3:24
 
It's a Long Way to the Top
13
4:56
 
Real Love (Alternate Early Version)
14
3:39
 

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