Lucinda Williams – Blessed (Lost Highway / Universal Music Canada)

If Lucinda Williams is feeling Blessed herself these days, it’s tough to pick up that gratefulness in many of these songs. But then again, that is what you either love or hate about the artist though in her defence, it is tough to imagine not loving the gritty but very honest feeling that pervades these 12 tracks. With solid highlights including Seeing Black, Buttercup and Sweet Love, Williams proves that she is one of the best roots-rock artists making music today.