As a singer-songwriter, Williams crisscrosses genres, from rock to country and folk, to get her point across. Although her latest album, last year's World Without Tears, has a little bit of everything, it doesn't sound scattershot. Throughout, her words convey a singular message of hope in the face of adversity. "Traced your scent through the gloom/'Til I found those purple flowers," she sings on "Fruits of My Labor." "I was spent, I was soon smelling you for hours."