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Album review: Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack

Call Me Crazy

In 2005, Lee Ann Womack corrected her drift toward inconsequential country-pop with the terrific There's More Where That Came From. That title proves to be prophetic in relation to the star's new album.

Call Me Crazy opens with three killers: Last Call ("I bet you're in a bar, because I'm always your last call"); Either Way; and Solitary Thinkin' ("and lonesome drinkin'"). Womack again comes across as a real woman dealing with heartache, disappointment and regret against exquisitely crafted music that echoes classic country without sounding retro.

Plenty more highlights follow, including the devastating domestic drama If These Walls Could Talk and an elegant duet with George Strait, Everything But Quits. The only real misfire is I Found It in You, the kind of generic power ballad that throws the power and beauty of the rest of Call Me Crazy into even greater relief.