Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
At turns bringing to mind Freddie Mercury, George Michael and the Scissor Sisters, this Beirut-born, London-based singer-songwriter breathes refreshing Life into pop music on his animated debut.
James Morrison, Undiscovered
This 22-year-old Englishman arrives Stateside with a brand of bluesy pop that paints him as the British answer to John Mayer. Best of all is his soul-kissed single "You Give Me Something."
Martina McBride, Waking Up Laughing
McBride demonstrates that she has mastered the art of conversational singing on this intimate set. On cuts like "I'll Still Be Me," she's like a friend speaking to you artfully and intelligently.
Alabama, Songs of Inspiration II
Like last year's Songs of Inspiration, this is an uncluttered, understated collection of Christian songs such as "Down by the Riverside."