It's bad for her fans, but good for her music: Alt-country chanteuse BJ O'Malley is so busy accumulating material for songs, she doesn't perform or record as much as she ought to. But her latest album, Sweet Baby Freaker
, brings you up to speed on what she does when she's not cutting hair, listening to Willie Nelson, or playing the House of Blues: She gets into bad relationships, and she gets in deep. In songwriter ballads, she delivers lines like "Ideally, love is all there is/But really, I think love is dumb" in a soft, fragile voice, sounding like she's fresh from a good cry. And rollicking full-band barnburners like "One Drink at a Time" keep you from feeling too sorry for the girl. Before all the slow-dance sadness and whiskey-drowned sorrow, it appears she was having one hell of time.