>PUNISHING KISS Ute Lemper (Decca)
German-born chanteuse Lemper shelves her 1930s-era Berlin cabaret act for a contemporary repertoire—by composers as various as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Philip Glass—and shines brilliantly.
VH1 STORYTELLERS Various Artists (Interscope)
On this charity benefit album, an impressive cast of stars—including David Bowie and the Eurythmics—re-create old hits (“China Girl,” “Here Comes the Rain Again”) in the intimate setting of VH1’s popular Storytellers series.
BLUES AT SUNRISE Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Epic) More than 70 minutes of soulful slow blues from Vaughan (who died in 1990) burnish this CD, which features late-night jams with Albert King, Johnny Copeland and other great bluesmen.