Essence (2001)
by Lucinda Williams
Lost Highway - P2 70197 - 05/06/2001

Essence is Lucinda Williams' sixth album. It was released in 2001. The album debuted on theBillboard 200 at number 28, selling about 44,500 copies in its first week. According to Billboard as of February 2008, the album had sold 336,000 copies in the U.S.

Essence was highly anticipated coming after a three-year gap from her lauded Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and the critical reviews reflect that. Although positive, none rate the album as highly as her breakthrough. Robert Christgau, who raved about Car Wheels, called the album "imperfect" but still praised her artistry saying "[she] is too damn good to deny." Reviewers noted the difference in tone between the two albums with Rolling Stone citing the "willful intimacy" of the music while Spincontrasted its "halting, spare" presentation with Car Wheels "giddy, verbose" one. In a review posted by Salon the album was called "an emotional mess of a masterpiece".

Q listed Essence as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.

Personnel on the album include Tony Garnier and Charlie Sexton, best known as part of Bob Dylan's live backing band at the time. The album also features session drummer Jim Keltner.

[from Wikipedia]


1Essence (written by Lucinda Williams)
Guitar [Tremolo] - Ryan Adams


Performance statistics

TitleTimes playedDebutLast played
EssenceNever played live




Lucinda Williams - Essence (Live)