Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
updated 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
Beth Orton, Comfort of Strangers Her most stripped-down and accessible effort to date showcases Orton's ability as an instrumentalist, featuring the singer-songwriter on guitar, piano and harmonica.
Jack Johnson, Curious George soundtrack The ever-mellow surfer dude gets in touch with his inner simian on fanciful folk-pop ditties that will have both kiddies and grown-ups happily singing along.
Duncan Sheik, White Limousine On the follow-up to 2002's shimmering Daylight, this underappreciated artist continues to make rich, melodic pop that is at once literate and lovely.