Weekly US music releases: Lucinda Williams, Marsha Ambrosius and Lykke Li

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On March 1, three female singer-songwriters deliver new albums - from America's folk-rocker Lucinda Williams to Britain's R&B-flavored Marsha Ambrosius to Sweden's indie pop performer Lykke Li.

Lucinda Williams, Blessed
Fourth on Amazon's pop and rock charts, Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams delivers a new collection of her folk, blues and country-flavored tracks. This critically acclaimed artists's 11th album from Lost Highway Records is produced by Grammy winning producer Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson) and her husband/manager Tom Overby, featuring guests Elvis Costello and Matthew Sweet. The deluxe edition includes The Kitchen Tapes, recorded at her kitchen table, and different album cover artwork.

Marsha Ambrosius, Late Nights & Early Mornings
Second on Amazon's R&B chart, Grammy nominated Marsha Ambrosius, from the English neo-soul duo Floetry, debuts with her 13-song solo album on J Records/Sony. The first single, "I Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)," is followed up by the ballad "Far Away." Guest collaborators include Alicia Keys and Dre & Vidal. Michael Jackson had a hit with her song "Butterflies," and she has been featured on tracks from Nas, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx.

Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes
Sixth on Amazon's alternative rock chart, Swedish indie pop artist Lykke Li Zachrisson releases her second album on Atlantic Records, garnering 4-star reviews from Mojo and Rolling Stone. Her 10-track collection, produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, features her Marianne Faithful-like vocals and unique electro-soul sound. She gained recognition at US music fests like Lollapalooza and is selling out shows on tour in Europe this April. Her material includes a cover of the Kings of Leon track "Knocked Up," and she has performed "Gifted" with Kanye West.
Lykke Li's video for "I Follow Rivers:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYbEL06lEU