October 06, 2008 12:00 PM

RAPHAEL SAADIQ The Way I See It
The retro-soul thing may be getting a little, well, old, but the latest solo disc from the former Tony! Toni! Toné! singer is one of the best of the genre. Just listen to his creamy croon on “Oh Girl” and you will melt.

JACKSON BROWNE Time the Conqueror
On his first album of new material in six years, Browne shows that time hasn’t conquered him. Songs like the title track and “Giving That Heaven Away” make this 57 minutes well worth spending.

LENKA Lenka
This Aussie singer-songwriter—whose voice sometimes brings to mind Björk on happy pills—charms with the whimsical, wispy pop of tunes like “The Show,” the first single from her solo debut. But it can all get a bit too cutesy.

PATTY LOVELESS Sleepless Nights
You can feel the love in this collection of country classics like Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” and Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass,” which play perfectly to her more traditional sensibilities.

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