What stands out about Lightning in a Bottle is Chuck Williams' passion, lyric directness and vocal maturation. He's obviously a musician on the rise.
“...singer-songwriter Chuck Williams owes a debt to folkies like James Taylor, but he does enough on 'Lightning In A Bottle' to indicate he’s his own man. Strong songs and a keen delivery are at the album’s core. The playing is tight and lucid, and the arrangements get quickly to the point allowing Williams to get his message across. If you’re in the market for a new singer-songwriter with something to say, be sure to check him out.
Chuck Williams and “Lightning in a Bottle” is a tour de force in folk style songwriting,…40 minutes of introspective, folk songwriting at its finest
A little political energy is conjured in “I Want My Country Back,” a song Michael Troy co-wrote with Chuck Williams and it seems they're turning the liberal folk singing tradition of the 1960’s back on them...politely and diplomatically. Sounds like a conservative (and I don't know if Michael was a conservative -- it's an assumption) can thread together an equally compelling lyric and melody to sing a meaningful and powerful song. I wonder if Peter, Paul and Mary would have covered this song? Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Richie Havens or any one of those folk singers? The door swings both ways. The problem with many of those folk singers is that they sang about important issues and injustices but they seldom suggested a solution in any of their tunes.