The title of Lisa Germano's sixth album might suggest soothing melodies, but beware: These spooky songs are more likely to keep you up at night. Which isn't to say that they aren't pretty. Germano's breathy coos and airy melodies are instantly alluring, but the plaintive quality to her cadences belies the dark nature of her carefully chosen words. The songs on Lullaby for Liquid Pig, her first new recording since 1998's Slide, open a window on the pain and insecurities that inspire and result from addiction. There, her songs bear kinship to those of another Los Angeleno, Aimee Mann, but whereas Mann adheres to conventional musical structures, Germano takes her cue from Tom Waits and sprawls out on these sparse, home-recorded pieces, experimenting with textural backdrops for her guitar, piano, and multi-tracked vocals. On the stark, confessional "Paper Doll," Germano's acoustic guitar picking and atmospheric whooshes and moans would pique Daniel Lanois's production ears, while her lyrics give voice to a person shaped and used by an unnamed friend or lover. More overtly tuneful, though no more cheery, is "Candy," an admission of the irresistible allure and destructive properties of alcohol. From the eerie, Waitsian title track to the aching "From a Shell," Lullaby for Liquid Pig is a devastating, haunting treatise on loneliness strewn with a few pearls of hope.