Blessed (The Kitchen Tapes)
Label: Lost Highway Records
Thirteen years after Williams' masterwork Car Wheels On A Gravel Road blew everybody's mind in 1998, the shambling rock and mush-mouthed vocals of "Drunken Angel" are still very much part of Williams' craft, as evidenced by the sluggishly awesome opener "Buttercup." From there, Williams delivers her characteristically solid songs that threaten to break your poor heart amid a seamless blend of country, folk and rock. Highlights include the title cut and "Kiss Like Your Kiss," which has been used on the HBO phenomenon True Blood and earned Williams a Grammy nomination in 2011.