It's great that Lucinda Williams has found a Real Love, as she sings on Little Honey's opening track, and that she's no longer heartbroken, but it's negatively affecting her ability to write lyrics.
True, Little Honey contains some of her best material since the lauded Car Wheels album, but also some of her most banal. "I didn't know what love meant before, / I didn't know what you had waiting for me in store," she drawls on the slow-?drifting Knowing. Honey Bee ("Honey bee, I swear / We make quite a pair") is like a sexually graphic nursery rhyme.
But Williams does sound inspired, and there's an energetic current running through Little Honey that was missing on previous records. So if she's happy, I suppose we should be, too.