Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
updated 03/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
Jaheim, Ghetto Classics Showing much love for the street, the R&B crooner comes across as a ghetto-fabulous Luther Vandross. His third CD boasts a classic-soul vibe with lush production that recalls the '70s Sound of Philadelphia.
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat The Rilo Kiley frontwoman gets a little help from some gospel-singing sisters on her solo debut, an alluring alt-country album wrapped in warm-and-fuzzy sentiments.
Jessi Colter, Out of the Ashes On her first country disc in 21 years, Waylon Jennings's widow shows that she hasn't lost her delicately bluesy touch, sounding better than in her "I'm Not Lisa" days.