Despite beginning with the current single, “Real Love,”Little Honey, the latest album from Lucinda Williams, didn’t do much for me until track four, “Little Rock Star,” a barbed commentary on problematic rock stars. It’s followed in short order by one of the best rockers she’s written, “Honey Bee,” and from that point on, it felt like a real Williams record, romantic but tough minded, though considerably more optimistic and upbeat in tone this time out. It’s more of a rock and blues record than it is an alt-country and folk record, and she mixes in a bit of soul for good measure. The gospel tinged AC/DC cover that concludes the album, “It’s A Long Way To The Top,” is a good summation of what she’s up on Little Honey, and even if it’s not necessarily one of the best tracks, it’s clear she’s having a good time, as she does on the profanely funny duet she does with Elvis Costello, “Jailhouse Tears.” It’s definitely got its highs and lows, but this is a pretty solid album from Williams, maybe not her best album ever, but a lot of fun in general. Standout cuts: “Little Rock Star,” “Honey Bee,” “Well Well Well” and “Jailhouse Tears.”

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