is a leftfield masterpiece, the most wide-ranging, innovative, and daring record in a career built on such notions. Rich in atmosphere and haunting in its dark complexity, much of the due credit belongs to producer Daniel Lanois
; best known for his work with pop superstars like U2
and Peter Gabriel
, on Wrecking Ball Lanois
taps into the very essence of what makes Harris
tick -- the gossamer vocals, the flawless phrasing -- while also opening up innumerable new avenues for her talents to explore. The songs shimmer and swirl, given life through Lanois
' trademark ringing guitar textures and the almost primal drumming of U2
's Larry Mullen, Jr.
The fixed point remains Harris
' voice, which leaps into each and every one of these diverse compositions -- culled from the pens of Neil Young
, Bob Dylan
, Jimi Hendrix
, Steve Earle
, and others -- with utter fearlessness, as if this were the album she'd been waiting her entire life to make. Maybe it is.