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"I think that's what's appealing about the new record," Williams says. "I have come full circle. The new one has a little bit of everything, like West Part Two or Car Wheels Plus."
That may be going a bit far, but it's easy to get caught up in Williams' euphoric spirit. At 56, she comes across as invigorated and genuine, a true testament to a life spent making music that matters.
"I still like to go out and kick up my heels," she says. "I never want to be too far away from the hubbub."
Clearly at a good place in her life, Williams knows that her rock 'n' roll dues have now been paid in full.
"I'm definitely more comfortable with myself," she says. "I'm with the person that I want to be with for the rest of my life, and I'm putting down roots."