That Jack White sure does like to keep busy. He's back with the second album from The Raconteurs. Consolers of the Lonely is another strong effort, with White sharing lead vocals and songwriting. The group continues to revive classic rock, displaying a Zeppelin-esque blues streak, while also showing flashes of Beatles melodicism. "You Don't Understand me," is an epic ballad that evokes the Fab Four after a night out at the juke joint.
Kat Parra's "Sugar" from Azucar de Amor is a mambo treat from a bilingual chanteuse who sings jazzman Stanley Turrentine's song in Spanish and English.
Piano, organ, and harmonics accompany Holly Long's soulful testimony to living the good life on "Sunday Redemption" from Leaving Kansas.
Kathy Mattea's "Green Rolling Hills" from Coal is backed by masterful bluegrass pickers. The West Virginia native sings a gorgeous ode to her mountainous home state.
The acclaimed jazz diva, Dianne Reeves, takes an R&b turn in this uplifting number "Today Will Be a Good Day," from When You Know.
Meg Hutchinson's "Ready" is from this Boston singer-songwriter's debut CD Come Up Full, which kicks off with a powerful proclamation of self-renewal ("I belong to the day now!").