Lucinda Williams – channelling Van Morrison?

On Sweet Honey, her new album, Lucinda Williams seems to be channelling Van Morrison. Her new song The Knowing (track 9), sounds eerily like a Van Morrison song from his mid-‘80s Beautiful Vision period. (It isn’t.)

From the vaguely New Age lyrics to the smouldering vocal delivery, from the mantra-like repetition to the quietly impassioned humming (where else have you heard Williams humming on record?), from the tempo to the instrumentation, the similarities are legion.

I’d lay good money that Lucinda Williams had been hearing a fair bit of vintage VanMan music while she was writing Sweet Honey.

Gerry Smith

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