01. You Can’t Rule Me / 02. Bad News Blues / 03. Man Without A Soul / 04. Big Black Train / 05. Wakin’ Up / 06. Pray The Devil Back To Hell / 07. Shadows & Doubts / 08. When The Way Gets Dark / 09. Bone Of Contention / 10. Down Past The Bottom / 11. Big Rotator / 12. Good Souls
Three time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date, Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers). During the course of her celebrated four-decade, pioneering career Williams has never rested on her laurels as she continues to push herself as a songwriter. On Good Souls Better Angels, she has much she needs to get out.
In 2014 and 2015, Williams released two critically acclaimed double albums back to back with Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone and The Ghosts Of Highway 20, respectively. Both releases found her experimenting with arrangements, vocals, song structure and personal subject matter. On Good Souls Better Angels, Williams changes course and chose to forgo the personal and narrative-based songcraft that has become synonymous with her name and instead speak to some of the injustices permeating our society. The new songs cut straight to the core with frank and honest commentary on domestic abuse (“Wakin’ Up”), the constant barrage of news (“Bad News Blues”) the dangerous, quick to judge and convict aspects of social media (“Shadows & Doubts) and the haunting reality of the “Man Without A Soul”.