Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 02/26/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/2007 01:00AM

>Paolo Nutini, These Streets This Scottish-born singer-songwriter possesses an old soul and gritty voice that belie his young age (20) and pretty-boy looks. On the tender ballad "Last Request" he even channels a bit of Ray Charles.

The Good, the Bad & the Queen, The Good, the Bad & the Queen Gorillaz' Damon Albarn and his new cast of characters produce a royal achievement with this depiction of a near-apocalyptic England.

Lily Allen, Alright, Still There is plenty of cheeky attitude on the wickedly fun debut from this British pop star. Her ska-tinged single "Smile" is deliciously catty–and catchy.

Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture This spirited soundtrack belongs to Jennifer Hudson, whose powerhouse performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is a real revelation.

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