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Williams gains from pain on new album

Feb. 13, 2007 at 9:28 AM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Death and romantic turmoil inspired the songs on U.S. singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams' new album "West."

The California-based Williams said the 13 tracks are based on her mother's death, as well as a breakup with "a drug addict who was a recovering drug addict when I met him and fell off the wagon."

"There's always going to be the pain and suffering -- that's just part of life," said Williams, who's quite happily engaged these days to record executive Tom Overby. "This whole idea that people are too happy to write is, I don't know -- an excuse, I think, for lack of inspiration, 'cause the inspiration comes from within."

"West," co-produced by Williams and Hal Wilner, is the three-time Grammy winner's first new album in four years.

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