June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

Boz Scaggs

From Silk Degrees, his 1976 landmark album of blue-eyed soul, to the title song of his 11th CD, Scaggs has made a brilliant career documenting the gamut of human emotions; he is what he sings, or seems to be. But one hopes that his troubled mood on “Ask Me ‘Bout Nothin’ (But the Blues)” is pure fiction because he’s starting to sound dangerously brokenhearted. In fact, despair dominates Come On Home, a combo of R&B standards—like David Porter and Isaac Hayes’ “Your Good Thing (Is About to End)”—and Scaggs originals that often already sound like classics. When he does that husky, soulful slow burn on the pop standard “Love Letters,” even the most jaded music buffs will swear they’re hearing the tune for the first time. (Virgin)

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