On her retro-soulful second album, Back to Black, saucy belter Amy Winehouse serves up a heady cocktail of vintage '60s R&B. The 23-year-old Brit comes out smoking with "Rehab," easily one of the best singles of 2007. Displaying both humor and chutzpah, Winehouse, who refused when her former management company wanted her to go to rehab, turns a righteous girl-group groove into a rebellious bad-girl anthem, as if Courtney Love has crashed Martha and the Vandallas.
Given the late '60s, low-fi feel of their latest record We All Belong, it's no surprise that two members of Philly quintet Dr. Dog once moonlighted in a Beach Boys cover band. Wearing their heavy Pet Sounds and late-era Beatles influences on their sleeves, Dr. Dog creates layered harmonies on the perfect pop of "My Old Ways." I almost expected this song to be encrypted with a subliminal message declaring that "Paul is dead."