Produced by the artist, along with Calum MacColl (Kirsty's brother) and Martyn Madden (Shriekback), "Love and Pain" lovingly draws from a variety of musical forces: blues, pop, rock, jazz, soul and el

Produced by the artist, along with Calum MacColl (Kirsty's brother) and Martyn Madden (Shriekback), "Love and Pain" lovingly draws from a variety of musical forces: blues, pop, rock, jazz, soul and electronic. It is the perfect landscape for Morris' Southern Comfort-hued voice—which brings to mind Janis Joplin by way of Alison Moyet, Shara Nelson and Macy Gray. And her voice shines in these tales of life and love—all of which she co-penned. Highlights include the sassy "Mad Woman Blues," the soaring "Arms of an Angel," the Lisa Stansfield-shaded "Nothing Comes From Nothing" and the heartfelt "Fields of Wheat." Throughout, Morris' independent spirit reigns supreme. "It's Jesus I love/But it's the devil I need tonight," she acknowledges on "It's Jesus I Love." On "A Horse Named Janis Joplin," Morris sees herself in the late singer. Consider "Love and Pain" one "pearl" of an album.—MP