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

>George Jones, Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't Jones originally passed on the great country songs he now catches up to, including "The Blues Man," his beautiful duet with Dolly Parton.

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.

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