After covering the '50s and the '60s on his last two CDs, Manilow is in his element—the '70s—on his latest. He brings a definite nostalgia—and cheese factor—to classics like "The Way We Were."
QUEEN LATIFAH Trav'lin' Light
Latifah, who became a full-fledged singer on 2004's The Dana Owens Album, takes another trip down memory lane with a second set of jazz, R&B and pop covers. It's all very respectable but unremarkable.
HARD-FI Once Upon a Time in the West
There's nothing on the second full-lengther from this British alt-rock quartet that can match last year's "Hard to Beat." Still, their '80s-spiked sounds are fun—if not always fresh—on tunes like "Television."
KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You
Cole has notched a No. 1 R&B hit with the hip-hop soul jam "Let It Go." But it's ballads like the introspective title cut and a couple of Mary J.-esque midtempo tracks that get to the emotional heart of her second disc.