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For the album, recording sessions were split between Andy Le Master's Athens studio and Mike Mogis's ARC studios in Omaha, with a couple songs recorded in Los Angeles.Taylor has performed with Le Master in his band, Now It's Overhead, and with Mogis in Bright Eyes.Songs like the pop centerpiece, "Time Lapse Lifeline," paint a picture of someone looking back on a break-up, having come out the other side stronger for it. When I suggest Conor Oberst, who she's been romantically linked to since her move to Omaha in '02, I get nothing in return, even though I plead to be the one to finally tell the story. "It's not about one person, it's about a lot of different change," she said. You can speculate, but the general vibe of the album is about change in every aspect of my life, whether it's where I live, being on a new label or perhaps breaking up with someone." " she does it without a sense of hesitancy or pain, but with resolve and acknowledgment and finally, relief. "You can make something great out of any shitty situation." She's certainly made something great out of Ladyluck.Released earlier this month on Canadian label Nettwerk (home to Sarah Mc Lachlan), it's the most tuneful, pop-oriented record of her career."I knew that I wanted to work with both of them," Taylor said."It's fun for me to record with people that I'm really comfortable with.
I like to go back and record in places where I've lived before, too, so there's that element on my record." For one of the Athens sessions, she recruited old friend Michael Stipe, who in addition to singing helped her write album closer "Cartoons and Forever Plans." The song features a call-and-response verse that asks, "Did you know?" followed by a series of question enders, such as "" "I had this song for two months and needed to fill in the blanks, but was too intimidated," Taylor said.