Published Feb 04, 2020Lucinda Williams is returning with a new album. The record is titled Good Souls Better Angels, and it will arrive on April 24 via Highway 20/Thirty Tigers. Already, though, you can hear the album's newly shared track "Man Without a Soul."
Good Souls Better Angels was produced by Williams, along with husband Tom Overby and Ray Kennedy. The latter also worked with the songwriter on her 1998 effort Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
The upcoming album follows up 2017's Sweet Old World rerecording, This Sweet Old World. However, Good Souls Better Angels marks Williams's first album of new material since 2016's The Ghosts of Highway 20.
"The devil comes into play quite a bit on this album," Williams said of the new album in a press release. "I've always loved the imagery in Robert Johnson songs and those really dark Delta blues that are sort of biblical. I was inspired by Leonard Cohen — he dealt with that in his songs — and Bob Dylan and Nick Cave."
Expanding further on the new album's themes, Williams added, "Because of all this crap that's going on, it's on the top of everybody's minds — it's all anybody talks about. Basically, the world's falling apart — it's like the apocalypse. That's where that Old Testament stuff comes from. It's different from my other albums in that there aren't the story songs about my childhood and all. It feels exciting."
Right now, you can hear the album's newly shared track "Man Without a Soul" below.