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Time Out of Mind BOB DYLAN

In the beginning, it was the words; here the bard creates music of surpassing beauty. While past pronouncements of Dylan’s resurgence have been wishful, this Time Out, heed the praise. (Columbia)

Sunday Morning to Saturday Night MATRACA BERG

The Grammy-nominated songwriter (“Strawberry Wine”) shines on her third album. The wistful tear-inducer “Back When We Were Beautiful” was written with her grandmother in mind, and yours. (Rising Tide)

When I Was Born for the 7th Time CORNERSHOP

In the 1960s the Beatles paid homage to the sitar music of India; this inventive, pop-savvy Indo-British quintet repays respects with a Punjabi version of Lennon and McCartney’s “Norwegian Wood.” (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)

Lisa Stansfield LISA STANSFIELD

Many neo-soul singers caterwaul; Stansfield phrases. Others emote to beat the band; Stansfield intensifies feeling with her restraint. (Arista)

Travelling Without Moving JAMIROQUAI

The cat in the hats—Jason Kay—and company give Stevie Wonderous funk a rapturous, cool jazz appeal. (Work)

Spiceworld SPICE GIRLS

On their cheeky second album of the year, Britain’s Fab Five show themselves to be the much-improved-material Girls. (Virgin)

Celebrating Sinatra JOE LOVANO

Cleveland’s tenor-sax maestro salutes Hoboken’s favorite son with dazzling, freshly imagined, mostly instrumental versions of standards Frank made famous. (Blue Note)

Supa Dupa Fly MISSY “MISDEMEANOR” ELLIOTT

Melding hip-hop beats with wit and melody, she fashions one of the year’s winning debuts. (EastWest)

OK Computer RADIOHEAD

Edgy tales of paranoia and alienation, built on a three-guitar wall of sound, are leavened by frontman Thorn Yorke’s deceptively easy-listening vocals. (Capitol)

Share My World MARY J. BLIGE

On her most slickly crafted album, Blige proves her heart and soul are still in the music, securing her place atop the R&B heap. (MCA)