Picks and Pans Review: Sing It!

updated 02/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson

Last summer's well-intentioned Lilith Fair could have benefited from this funky, feisty trio's brand of sassy rhythm and leavening humor. Backed by a crack band of New Orleans and Memphis musicians, the three R&B stars assembled for this album are a supergroup unto themselves. Irma Thomas is the '60s soul great who gave us the wonderfully titled "You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don't Mess with My Man)." Tracy Nelson has belted blues on 18 albums, and the lesser-known Marcia Ball is a Louisiana fireball whose low-down and ribald lead vocal on "Love Maker" Lilith would have loved: "You say 'What you makin' for supper?'/I say 'Reservations.' " (Rounder)

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