Brand New Day
Produced by Sting & Kipper
Sting shows off amazing diversity in his
most upbeat album yet. A great cast of guest musicians includes
Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Branford Marsalis and Cheb Mami (Arabic
vocals on the wonderful Desert Rose).
After hearing the smash hit Genie In A
Bottle, you might dismiss Aguilera as another teeny-bopper. Don't,
'cause this girl can sing! The maturity of her voice is incredible
considering how young she is. Most of the material she's working
with is fairly average but her talent still comes through especially on Reflection
Austin Street Of Dreams
Like her best album, The Real Me,
Patti Austin covers the classics including I Only Have Eyes For You
and Someone To Watch Over Me. This time she also includes
some newer compositions like the title track and Rain, Rain, Rain.
Music Inspired By The Motion Picture
Produced by R. Kelly and Wyclef Jean & Jerry Duplessis
This soundtrack album includes some good R.
Kelly productions of Brian McKnight (Discovery), Maxwell (Fortunate)
and K-Ci and Jojo (Life).
Stansfield Swing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Produced by Ian Devaney
Taking a break from the funky dance songs
that have made her a star, Lisa Stansfield returns with a soundtrack album
of mostly classic big band numbers - proving she has the chops to handle
any material. Includes Our Love Is Here To Stay and Ain't
Nobody Here But Us Chickens.
Bailey - Dreams
After delivering pop and gospel albums,
Philip Bailey has decided to try jazz. The results are mostly
pleasant although it's telling that my favorite track is the remake of
Sail Away (from EWF's Faces).
Ingram Forever More
A welcome return by this great artist with
his first album in six years. Unfortunately, most of the songs are
old tracks or covers of earlier work.
The former After 7 singer and Babyface's
older brother has an amazing voice. However, other than the title
track, this album doesn't do him justice.