SHERYL CROW Detours
Detours takes the nine-time Grammy winner back to where it all started, reuniting her with Tuesday Night Music Club producer Bill Bottrell. The move pays off with some of Crow’s catchiest songs since “All I Wanna Do.”
LENNY KRAVITZ It Is Time for a Love Revolution
Forever the flower child, Kravitz is still preaching about the power of love. But rarely has this classic-rock disciple delivered his message with more passion and hook-heavy punch.
SHELBY LYNNE Just a Little Lovin’
Lynne dusts off the Dusty Springfield songbook, resulting in this uncannily perfect marriage of singer to material. She inhabits numbers like “The Look of Love” with a torchy sensuality that smolders.
LUPE FIASCO Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
With smart lyrics, savvy beats and an old-school social consciousness, this rapper brings to mind a Q-Tip for the YouTube generation on his second CD. Best is “Superstar,” a soulful star turn.