Mary Gauthier's last album, The Foundling (2010), was based on her experience growing up adopted and her attempts to reconnect with her birth mother.
On her seventh album, Trouble & Love, the Nashville-based songwriter wearily traverses more well-trod Americana territory: namely, moving on from a broken heart. Gauthier - something of a LGBTQ folk hero - is talking about getting over a woman, which reminds us just how universal these themes are.
Her songs are slow-moving at the best of times, but these are heavier and more plodding than usual, with the artist's gravelly, conversational voice - anchored by big, low piano chords, bowed bass and acoustic guitars - sounding by turns despairing and resilient.
Gauthier's Louisiana accent comes out on fingerpicked gospel song Oh Soul and slide-guitar-soaked standout Worthy, but the highlight is How You Learn To Live Alone, a soulful synopsis of a person's trajectory through love.
Top track: How You Learn To Live Alone
Mary Gauthier plays Hugh's Room Tuesday (June 3).