Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
>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.
Sunshine Anderson, Sunshine at Midnight After nearly six years away, Anderson shines once again on this stellar '70s-soul throwback with tales of trifling lovers and betrayal.
Lucinda Williams, West The genius of Williams lies in her ability to be both poetic and plainspoken as she works through a failed love affair and the death of her mother, making this the first great CD of 2007.
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.
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