Heidi Klum's hubby could sing the movie listings and breathe soul into them. On his latest album, Seal respectfully tackles R&B classics by Al Green, Sam Cooke and James Brown and proves himself to be a worthy successor to their legacy.
AQUALUNG Words and Music
Matt Hales—the Brit singer-songwriter known as Aqualung—is still bummed out. But what's really depressing is that his third U.S. disc doesn't approach the slit-your-wrists splendor of 2005's Strange and Beautiful.
It'd be easy to dismiss this newcomer as just a Rihanna wannabe. After all, she's another Barbados beauty who adopts a similar pop-R&B-reggae framework. But songs like "Plastic People" show that there's a little more going on there.
JOSHUA RADIN Simple Times
On his second CD, this folky singer-songwriter, who performed at Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding, delivers on modest pleasures like "I'd Rather Be with You," even if he never really blows you away.