Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
Kindred the Family Soul, In This Life Together This married duo explores the emotional dynamics of family and long-term commitment with richly crafted R&B harking back to the '70s Sound of Philadelphia.
Madonna, Confessions on a Dance Floor Madonna's body-rocking latest is an all-dance album that balances the '80s synth pop of her early years with her latter-day electronica. Get totally into the groove.
Neil Diamond, 12 Songs Diamond ditches the glitz and picks up the acoustic guitar on a stunningly stripped-down affair with bits of country, jazz, gospel and Tin Pan Alley pop.