Baby Dry Your Eyes
Label: VP Records
Nobody can contest Lady Saw's fierce mic skills, which will wrestle you into submission and leave you panting in the dust, but at the heart of this album lie songs that explore the less confrontational -- but more complicated -- side of being a woman. This is Lady Saw after the bar fight, sipping a cup of tea and talking to a girlfriend about body image, infertility and (what else?) love, while flirting with a sound that veers surprisingly close to country-pop. Sweet stuff, but don't worry: By the end of the album, she's outmaneuvering Lady Sovereign. Cruel and kind -- what a combo.