Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 08/09/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/09/2004 01:00AM

Morrssey You Are the Quarry: Heaven knows he's still miserable. Which is cause for Moz fans to rejoice with this smashing comeback.

Gipsy Kings, Roots: The Kings return to their acoustic Roots on a heartfelt collection that evokes the intricate passions of the Spanish flamenco style.

Andy Bey, American Song: American songs like "Lush Life" and "Speak Low" meet an American master in this unforgettable jazz singer.

Angie Stone, Stone Love: On her latest, Stone continues to carve out righteous, retro-'70s R&B with help from Floetry, Betty Wright, Anthony Hamilton and Missy Elliott (on the humorous highlight "U-Haul").

Eric Clapton, Me and Mr. Johnson: With a voice that is weathered and true, and guitar playing that is vibrant and inventive, Slow Hand salutes the 1930s blues pioneer Robert Johnson.

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