Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 07/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2006 01:00AM

>India.Arie, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
On her inspirational third album, Arie finds strength, courage and wisdom from a failed relationship. Play this the next time you feel the urge to burn all his stuff.

Ralph Stanley, A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family
Want to discover the essence of country music? Look no further than this glorious tribute to the Carter Family by one of the historic figures in bluegrass.

Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
Bailey Rae's sublime voice—part Billie Holiday, part Erykah Badu—captivates on a divine debut. She just may be the best new British R&B chanteuse since Sade.

Allison Moorer, Getting Somewhere
This smart, ingratiating album showcases the versatility and vivid vocals of Moorer, one of the best country-pop singers around.

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