Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Lucinda Williams|Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Lucinda Williams

Available in
16-Bit/44.1 kHz Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

It isn't surprising that Lucinda Williams' level of craft takes time to assemble, but the six-year wait between Sweet Old World and its 1998 follow-up, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, still raised eyebrows. The delay stemmed both from label difficulties and Williams' meticulous perfectionism, the latter reportedly over a too-produced sound and her own vocals. Listening to the record, one can understand why both might have concerned Williams. Car Wheels is far and away her most produced album to date, which is something of a mixed blessing. Its surfaces are clean and contemporary, with something in the timbres of the instruments (especially the drums) sounding extremely typical of a late-'90s major-label roots-rock album. While that might subtly alter the timeless qualities of Williams' writing, there's also no denying that her sound is punchier and livelier. The production also throws Williams' idiosyncratic voice into sharp relief, to the point where it's noticeably separate from the band. As a result, every inflection and slight tonal alteration is captured, and it would hardly be surprising if Williams did obsess over those small details. But whether or not you miss the earthiness of Car Wheels' predecessors, it's ultimately the material that matters, and Williams' songwriting is as captivating as ever. Intentionally or not, the album's common thread seems to be its strongly grounded sense of place -- specifically, the Deep South, conveyed through images and numerous references to specific towns. Many songs are set, in some way, in the middle or aftermath of not-quite-resolved love affairs, as Williams meditates on the complexities of human passion. Even her simplest songs have more going on under the surface than their poetic structures might indicate. In the end, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is Williams' third straight winner; although she might not be the most prolific songwriter of the '90s, she's certainly one of the most brilliant.

© Steve Huey /TiVo

More info

Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Lucinda Williams

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 100 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 100 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From $10.83/month

1
Right In Time (Album Version)
00:04:36

Ray Kennedy, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Leisz, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM LAUDERDALE, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Album Version)
00:04:44

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Album Version)
00:04:42

Charlie Sexton, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Organ, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Drunken Angel (Album Version)
00:03:19

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM LAUDERDALE, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Concrete And Barbed Wire (Album Version)
00:03:08

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Lake Charles (Album Version)
00:05:27

Charlie Sexton, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM LAUDERDALE, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Can't Let Go (Album Version)
00:03:28

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Weeks, ComposerLyricist - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, Dobro, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bo Ramsey, Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
I Lost It (Album Version)
00:03:31

Charlie Sexton, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Earle, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM LAUDERDALE, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Metal Firecracker (Album Version)
00:03:30

Ray Kennedy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Smotherman, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Greenville (Album Version)
00:03:23

Charlie Sexton, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Emmylou Harris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Price, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Still I Long For Your Kiss (Album Version)
00:04:09

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Miller, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Duane Douglas Jarvis, ComposerLyricist - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Joy (Album Version)
00:04:01

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bo Ramsey, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Jackson (Album Version)
00:03:42

Rick Rubin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Lee Schell, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Earle, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM SCOTT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JIM LAUDERDALE, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lucinda Williams, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Producer, Accordion, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Twangtrust, Producer - Donald Lindley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gurf Mortix, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Clambotti, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

It isn't surprising that Lucinda Williams' level of craft takes time to assemble, but the six-year wait between Sweet Old World and its 1998 follow-up, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, still raised eyebrows. The delay stemmed both from label difficulties and Williams' meticulous perfectionism, the latter reportedly over a too-produced sound and her own vocals. Listening to the record, one can understand why both might have concerned Williams. Car Wheels is far and away her most produced album to date, which is something of a mixed blessing. Its surfaces are clean and contemporary, with something in the timbres of the instruments (especially the drums) sounding extremely typical of a late-'90s major-label roots-rock album. While that might subtly alter the timeless qualities of Williams' writing, there's also no denying that her sound is punchier and livelier. The production also throws Williams' idiosyncratic voice into sharp relief, to the point where it's noticeably separate from the band. As a result, every inflection and slight tonal alteration is captured, and it would hardly be surprising if Williams did obsess over those small details. But whether or not you miss the earthiness of Car Wheels' predecessors, it's ultimately the material that matters, and Williams' songwriting is as captivating as ever. Intentionally or not, the album's common thread seems to be its strongly grounded sense of place -- specifically, the Deep South, conveyed through images and numerous references to specific towns. Many songs are set, in some way, in the middle or aftermath of not-quite-resolved love affairs, as Williams meditates on the complexities of human passion. Even her simplest songs have more going on under the surface than their poetic structures might indicate. In the end, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is Williams' third straight winner; although she might not be the most prolific songwriter of the '90s, she's certainly one of the most brilliant.

© Steve Huey /TiVo

About the album

Distinctions:

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz?

On sale now...

Go

Dexter Gordon

Go Dexter Gordon

One Thing At A Time

Morgan Wallen

One Thing At A Time Morgan Wallen

Superunknown

Soundgarden

Superunknown Soundgarden

The Berlin Concert

John Williams

The Berlin Concert John Williams
More on Qobuz
By Lucinda Williams

Rock N Roll Heart

Lucinda Williams

Rock N Roll Heart Lucinda Williams

Good Souls Better Angels

Lucinda Williams

Good Souls Better Angels Lucinda Williams

Bob's Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs

Lucinda Williams

World Without Tears

Lucinda Williams

World Without Tears Lucinda Williams

Where The Song Will Find Me

Lucinda Williams

Where The Song Will Find Me Lucinda Williams

Playlists

You may also like...

Speak Now (Taylor's Version)

Taylor Swift

American IV: The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash

Be Right Here

Blackberry Smoke

Be Right Here Blackberry Smoke

Start Walkin' 1965-1976

Nancy Sinatra

Start Walkin' 1965-1976 Nancy Sinatra

Higher

Chris Stapleton

Higher Chris Stapleton