This superior follow-up CD, All the Lost Souls, by James Blunt rewinds the clock to the '70s singer-songwriter heyday of folks like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and Elton John. The British troubadour gets lost in a nostalgic reverie. His wispy voice brings just the right wistfulness to "Same Mistake," an aching lament that just may be even lovelier than "You're Beautiful."
Foo Fighters once again get high marks for adaptability, shifting moods and styles on their latest CD, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)," is a feel-good, fist-pumping anthem.
It's a real joy to hear Chaka Khan sing as only Chaka Khan can on her latest CD, Funk This. Indeed I'd have to go all the way back to those old Rufus records and earlier solo albums to find her sounding this inspired and fully ignited. Khan brings the funk right away, kicking the CD off with the Rufus-esque "Back in the Day." "One for All Time," an acoustic-guitar-laced ballad, is also reminiscent of vintage Rufus. Khan puts her soulful stamp on "Sign 'o' the Times", nicely incorporating a bit of her own hit "I'm Every Women." The album's tour de force, though, comes when Khan teams up with one of her musical progeny, Mary J Blige, on the fiery "Disrespectful," which earns Bilge props for doing the impossible: keeping up with Chaka.