Hallelujah. One of country music's great singers is singing country again—bona fide lovin', cryin' and cheatin' songs. From the "classic" MCA label logo to Byron Gallimore's production to the C

Hallelujah. One of country music's great singers is singing country again—bona fide lovin', cryin' and cheatin' songs. From the "classic" MCA label logo to Byron Gallimore's production to the CD cover, Lee Ann Womack's latest has a retro feel. Teamed with her classic country sound, that's a very good thing. The title cut, with its weeping fiddle and soaring performance from Womack, is an instant entry into the country lexicon, as is leadoff single "I May Hate Myself in the Morning." Womack evokes George Jones on the killer "One's a Couple" and tender, world-weary "Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago." Other gems include the insistent midtempo "He Oughta Know That by Now" and the more contemporary "When You Get to Me." The album's closer, "Stubborn (Psalm 151)" is an introspective titan penned by Don Schlitz and Brett James. Consider this an early contender for best country album of the year.—RW

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