Many fans have surely lain awake at night hoping Lucinda Williams might someday release a worthy follow-up to her stunning Car Wheels On A Gravel Road breakout. Sadly, West is not the answer to their prayers. But if you've been aching for an unintentionally hilarious nine-minute epic in which Williams unleashes her finest rhyme-slingin' skillz over a Beat percussion backbone, then baby, this disc's for you. The travesty of the rap-styled Wrap My Head Around That isn't the least of West's flaws. Aside from the fact that the gloom 'n' doom ballads here follow the woman Time once voted America's best songwriter deeper into her vortex of inane Seussian couplets, each plodding along at the same repetitive midtempo pace, the disc suffers from careless production. Hal Willner, best known for his work on soundtracks and with jazz types, pared down Williams's demos to the raw vocals and basic guitar tracks -- initially a smart choice. Too bad he leaves them floating aimlessly in a sea of ambient strings, crisp drums and lazy pedal steel that feel completely disconnected from any of the vocal melodies. A resounding disappointment.