Happy Saturday, and welcome to another edition of The CMM Tracks of the Day. Every day we bring you two songs we’d like to put a spotlight on.
While Lucinda Williams didn’t appear on most people’s radar until she released Car Wheels on a Gravel Road in 1998 to massive critical acclaim, she had already been quietly making excellent music for years. Her third album, the self-titled release from 1988, has Lucinda fully coming into her own, adroitly blending country, folk, and blues to create a unique sound that, when paired with her brilliant songwriting, results in something special. The original version of “Passionate Kisses”, which Mary Chapin Carpenter famously covered, is present on this album, but I’d like to highlight a song that’s not as well-known. “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad” is a great uptempo song about the excitement, wonder, and mystery that comes with being romantically interested in someone and knowing you might fall in love with them.
Kathleen Edwards’ 2003 debut album Failer has to be one of the best debut albums I’ve heard in recent memory. The first track, “Six O’Clock News” was one of those songs that blew me away when I first heard it. I don’t want to give too much away, but the song is an excellent character study involving a young woman trying to convince her boyfriend to surrender after he cracks from the pressures of life and gets into a standoff with the police. It’s also ridiculously catchy too.