DIONNE WARWICK Why We Sing
Warwick gets in the family spirit on this gospel CD, including duets with her son David Elliott and sister Dee Dee Warrick and production by son Damon Elliott. BeBe Winans joins in on the soul-stirring “I’m Going Up.”
THE BLACK CROWES Warpaint
It’s been seven years since Chris Robinson and crew’s last studio album. Which perhaps explains why Warpaint seems to have put a fresh coating on their southern rock. Bonus points for cool CD artwork.
SHE & HIM Volume One
There is a low-key, lo-fi charm to this pairing of alt-folkie M. Ward with actress-singer Zooey Deschanel (Failure to Launch), who handles most of the vocals and wrote most of the tunes. But it could have used more of “Him.”
COUNTING CROWS Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
The Crows’ first studio album since 2002 soars with punchy pop-rockers for Saturday nights and aching ballads, with Adam Duritz at his tortured best, for Sunday mornings.