Hear Lucinda Williams' Iconic Record 'Sweet Old World,' Revisited and Updated

It's honestly better than the original, and there's no doubt everyone involved would agree.
September 25, 2017, 5:15pm

Here's the thing: if you don't know who Lucinda Williams is, I can't really think of what else it could mean other than that you've been missing out on a lot of really good music for a long time. It's ok though, because you're here now, and you're about to find out about her. I wish I could be in your shoes, to hear this album all over again.

Twenty-five years ago Lucinda Williams released Sweet Old World, her fourth studio record, and the one that put her on the map in the realm of mainstream tastemakers. Songs like "Six Blocks Away" touched on the alienating feeling of being in love, while her cover of Nick Drake's "Which Will" absolutely (excuse the cliche) shimmers. She's also included four new bonus tracks on the re-release and updated a few of her classics. "Drivin' Down a Dead End Street," for example, was called "He Never Got Enough Love" on the 1992 reissue. She explained to Rolling Stone Country that she shelved it initially because Bob Dylan was releasing a song of the same name around the same time.

"When you look back at your early albums, probably a lot of people go, 'God, I should just recut these songs,' because, needless to say the production is like night and day between the original one and this one," Williams also told Rolling Stone about rerecording the album. The original is tinged with happy, sunshiney 90s pop, but the revisited and updated version finds Williams in a darker, grittier place sonically. It's kind of perfect.

This Sweet Old World is out via Thirty Tigers on Sept. 29. Check it out ahead of time below.