The shear breadth and diversity of artists gathered for this benefit project, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
, is a tribute to the affection Victoria Williams
' peers had for her. It conveniently also makes for heady listening for any fan of contemporary music. The hard, brittle edges of Soul Asylum
("Summer of Drugs") and Buffalo Tom
("Merry Go Round") stand shoulder to shoulder with the country-folk of Lucinda Williams
("Main Road") and Maria McKee
(an inspired and riveting "Opelousas (Sweet Relief)"). Sweet Relief
offers a unique opportunity to introduce yourself to an enduring songwriter while savoring some of the day's most intriguing musicians. How sweet it is!