Picks and Pans Review: More U.K. Retro-Soul: A Buyer's Guide

UPDATED 03/07/2011 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/07/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

AMY WINEHOUSE

BACK TO BLACK (2007)

Laying the blueprint was this heady cocktail of vintage '60s R&B.

Key track: "Rehab," a saucy girl-group throwback

PAOLO NUTINI

THESE STREETS (2007)

With shades of Ray Charles and Otis Redding, this Scot's debut went under the U.S. radar.

Key track: the breakup ballad "Last Request"

ESTELLE

SHINE (2008)

On her sparkling U.S. debut, this jazzy singer (and sometime rapper) fuses hip-hop and reggae with Motown.

Key track: "American Boy" with Kanye West

DUFFY ROCKFERRY (2008)

The Welsh chanteuse sounds like the second coming of Dusty Springfield on this Grammy-winning set.

Key track: the shimmying "Mercy"

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