December 23, 2013 12:00 PM

>R. KELLY

Black Panties

After favoring more old-school romance on 2010’s Love Letter and 2012’s Write Me Back, Kels returns to his raunchy ways, but this uneven affair fails to recapture his 12 Play mojo. Still, salacious slow jams like “Genius” and the grinding “Cookie” prove his music could still help make some babies. []

BARBRA STREISAND

Back to Brooklyn

“I’ve come home at last!” sings Streisand during “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” the opening number of her stirring concert return to her hometown last year. Other standouts include a touching Marvin Hamlisch tribute and a rousing Gypsy/Funny Girl medley. []

THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE

Original Soundtrack: Season 2, Volume 1

Although it’s not up to the first two Nashville compilations, this Buddy Miller production still highlights the good music from the TV show. Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio continue to make the dreamiest duo on “Why Can’t I Say Goodnight.” []

SEVYN STREETER

Call Me Crazy, But …

Having written for artists like Chris Brown and Ariana Grande, this new R&B diva now has her own hit with the bedroom ballad “It Won’t Stop” (featuring Brown). On this seven-track EP, she shows more promise with cuts like the Beyoncé-esque “Call Me Crazy.” []

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