The latest album by seasoned folk-rock singer Lucinda Williams may kick off with a snarling break-up song, but the range of Blessed is far richer than just lover’s scorn. Lyrics go from wrangling with suicide and war to celebrating gratitude and “sweet love.” The music, too, balances what is seemingly contrary, employing both blazing guitars riffs and tender acoustic strums. Blessed is a unique and grittily elegant album, aptly described by Williams as an exploration into the “agonizing beauty of life.” (Lost Highway)
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