Musicians have long used songwriting as a form of therapy, but rarely as eloquently as Lucinda Williams. On her eighth CD, West, Lucinda works through both a failed love affair and the death of her mother, which makes this one of the first great CD's of 2007. "Unsuffer Me," helps her get right to the bluesy heart of a song.
After selling an impressive amount of their self-released, self-titled debut CD, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bypass the major-label machine once again on this follow-up, Some Loud Thunder. "Satan Said Dance" is a devilishly disco gem.
Britain's Bloc Party's second CD, A Weekend in the City, is a more downbeat and down-tempo CD. "Kreuzberg" is a moody, Cure-esque tune, is more for Sunday morning than a Saturday night.