a music critic said that awakening is an extention of atonement (from WORLD WITHOUT TEARS) but i think they're very, very different. awakening doesn't have the weird, iconic imagery (twisted tongues, rats in the gutter, emotional rape. . .) and it lingers. atonement is possibly my least favorite LW song, the thing just drags on forever. atonement talks about "your deliverance", freeing yourself - or someone freeing you -, but the song feels like locked in itself. awakening is the one that really feels like someone opening his eyes to the world ("i'll kiss the sky"). how come do you know you're awake? you must be aware that you were sleeping in the first place, and the song is a terrific mood piece because of that. she sings like she's dreaming a world of self empowerment for herself, but nothing seems to change. the song goes nowhere and all the better for it.
this one took me four listens to truly love. seemed at first more of a song cut from the WEST/WORLD WITHOUT TEARS sessions. it's a terrific mood piece that stands a bit alone - and not only in BLESSED, but in the whole lucinda catalogue. i tried to compare it to "atonement" & "come on" & "wrap my head around that and" and i failed.