I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always

I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always

by Luke Winslow-KingLuke Winslow-King


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It's a given that breaking up with your spouse is going to put you through some changes, and it's clear Luke Winslow-King knows all about that. Winslow-King used to be married to vocalist Esther Rose, who was his partner in music as well as life, but the couple divorced in October 2015, and Winslow-King's romantic troubles clearly inspired many of the songs on 2016's I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always. That one is called "Esther Please" is a big giveaway, but the dedication to his ex is the real tip-off, along with the note, "Thank you for helping me to better understand the true nature of love and loss." In a word: Ouch! There's a certain amount of heartache and strife in I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always, but there are plenty of really fine songs too, and the inspiration has helped him make perhaps his best album to date. The material on I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always sounds tougher and harder-edged than 2014's Everlasting Arms, with Winslow-King's guitar work gaining some bite over the space of two years. And the retro approach of his earlier work has given way to a more modern attack here, though he's still clearly learned a lot from the masters of the blues. "On My Way," "Change Your Mind," and "Watch Me Go" are steeped in classic soul as well as vintage blues, and Winslow-King nails the thin line between sorrow and bitterness, while his vocals are impassioned and direct without going over the top. (However, "Act Like You Love Me" suggests he may have forgiven but he sure hasn't forgotten.) And Winslow-King put together a killer band for these sessions, with bassist Brennan Andes, drummer Benji Bohannon, and keyboard man Mike Lynch keeping the soulful flavors strong throughout. I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always isn't Luke Winslow-King's happiest album by a long shot, but it feels like his best so far, and finds him expanding his musical horizons without losing any ground along the way. This is a top-shelf exercise in soulful blues with plenty to say to the lovelorn and the satisfied alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302024424
catalogNumber: 244
Rank: 55813

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luke Winslow-King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Lynch   Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Matt Rhody   Violin
Brennan Andes   Electric Bass
Roberto Luti   Electric Guitar
Benji Bohannon   Drums
Tyler Thompson   Electric Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Mirco Mencacci   Engineer
Earl Scioneaux   Producer,Engineer
Luke Winslow-King   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Norm Druce   Engineer
Eric Heigle   Engineer
Dan Wilson   Engineer
Akasha Rabut   Cover Photo
Ray Jefferey   Engineer
Nick Gutmann   Engineer
Andrea Pachetti   Engineer
Victor Alonso   Back Cover

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