''World Without Tears'' is Lucinda Williams' seventh album. It was released in 2003. It debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling about 54,000 copies in its first week. According to ''Billboard'' the album has sold 415,000 copies in the United States up to February 2008. - Wikipedia
Close to a decade after her underrated blues-heavy debut on the Folkways label,Lucinda Williams is a Grammy winning, million selling household name; one ofthe most original singer/songwriters in the biz and certainly one of the mostquirky artists ever signed to a major label. On World Without Tears
Williamsreturns to her musical roots with a downbeat take on the delta blues, with aslight infusion of Nashville studio polish, a touch of South side Chicago gritand a walloping measure of the literary craftsmanship that makes her a stunninglyoriginal lyricist. For the first time she recorded with her own touring band,and they give these tracks a big, spooky, sound that perfectly complements Williams'disconsolate tales of a woman balanced between heaven and hell, imprisoned byshrieking heartache and desperate romance. The mid-tempo grooves may lull youinto a false serenity, but the tunes build in intensity. There isn't aweak track on the album, but some jump out at you with their fierce musicaland lyrical power. "Atonement" is an apocalyptic blues with stinginglead guitar work that turns our usual preconceptions of sexuality and salvationinside out, "Those Three Days" is the kind of sentimental lament thatcould be a country hit, if it didn't use the F-word and weren't soovertly sexual, while "Sweet Side" and "American Dream"use an odd hybrid of country/blues and rap, the first a take on child abusethat hints at the possible redemption true love can bring, the latter to explorethe strung out life of a native American Vietnam vet.