Folk-country crooner Lucinda Williams has been wandering around the music scene for more than a decade. But most recently, it was her 2006 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, that really put Williams on the map. This week, she released the follow-up, dubbed West, which offers a bluesy, bittersweet tribute to Williams' recently deceased mother.
The conflicted 13-song set veers from gentle, affectionate ballads like "Mama You Sweet" to the harsher "Unsuffer Me," which is dominated by quavering vocals and deep-diving strings. To listen to the heartbreaking "Unsuffer Me,"