>CORINNE BAILEY RAE
Channeling her grief over the 2008 death of her husband, the British singer-songwriter captivates with a haunting, heartbreaking set that’s almost painfully exquisite. 
The breezy latest by these Columbia University grads is executed with such understated cool that they barely break a sweat in their cardigans. 
Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
Displaying shades of the Purple One (see “WTF?”), the dancing-on-treadmills dudes get downright funky on their third studio album. 
With Buddy Miller serving as producer, Griffin goes gospel on this righteous collection recorded at Nashville Downtown Church.