That said, though, I have to say that I really love her older stuff; the rawness and grit seem, to me, a better match for the gravel in her voice. And the lyrics...
How about this:
And I know I'm at the brow of my beingOr this:
And I know it's hard to look down
And I'm probably as free as I ever will be
Still I choose to live like I'm gagging and bound
Maybe I won't see my name in lightsAnd, of course, this:
Ask the corporate music factory why
The next whiplash pan flash, big bosomed wonder
I'll tell 'em all to "Fuck off" as I go under.
Well I was once bound and determined,And this:
But now that's been replaced by fear in being bound
By your determination to keep me here.
I've been your friend, lover, sister
Can you tell me what else is left?
And I've euphemized shouts with whispers til it's worried me to death.
And these ties that bind my soul
no, they're not blessed to me at all.
I'm tired of lying in this position
but I can't recover from this fall.
You tell me if I stay or if I go
freedom's not an option that you give.
Well your infirmity is justifiable,
it's your sickness I can't forgive.
Her previous stuff is worth the gamble, if you're curious. I'd recommend buying one of the acoustic CDs to start. It's maybe not as polished as what's coming out now, but it's not really about the polish, now is it?