Picks and Pans Review: Earth, Wind & Fire

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

Illumination

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Illumination, Earth, Wind & Fire's 23rd album, shows that after 35 years the R&B/funk pioneers are still shining stars. While the disc pairs EWF with such contemporary hip-hop and soul artists as OutKast's Big Boi, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Floetry, the signature elements remain: the vibrant horns, the uplifting spirit, the contrasting lead vocals of Maurice White's baritone and Philip Bailey's unmistakable falsetto. Raphael Saadiq produced three tracks and takes the mike on the lush ballad "Show Me the Way." But it's clearly EWF that has led the way.

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