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Album review: 'Take Me as I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions' 

Meg Williams

'Take Me as I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions'

Nola Blue Records

megwilliamsmusic.com

Nazareth College alumnus and Nashville singer-songwriter Meg Williams is a sweet goddess on the outside and a talented, blues-rock beast on the inside, celebrating her third full-length release since 2014. Williams brings the edge in her new, self-affirming album, "Take Me as I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions," reflecting the ups and downs of love and life by blending traditional blues style with a fresh country-rock format.

Singing in a twangy voice with a rock star attitude, Williams encourages mutual respect on the title track and "Sometimes I Need You Too," while embracing personal freedom and her darker, funkier side on "Little Bit of the Devil" and "Can't Keep Waiting on You." Her band moves fluidly through complex changes, keeping the listener on its toes with precise stops. "Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions" is a feel-good expression of self-love and taking second chances.

The album release show is on Friday, April 19, 8:30 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $10.292-9940. lovincup.com.

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