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The last time around, Lucinda Williams needed three different versions and three different producers before becoming up with a career masterpiece of an album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." No such "luck" this time in recording "Essence," her 11-song follow-up. For starters, instead of almost six years between albums as with "Car Wheels..." and "Sweet Old World," "Essence" comes only three years after "Car Wheels." And the recording process was far, far different than the previous album. Instead of of a series of producers like Steve Earle and Roy Bittan, guitarist Charlie Sexton and Williams were the main producers. ...