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Monday, July 14, 2008

Pam's New Music Downloads

Emmylou Harris, always a sought after collaborator, gets some help from her friends on her first solo outing since 2003, All I Intended to Be. But it's Harris - a model of grace and restraint who could school today's Nashville belters - who sets the beauty standard here. "Broken Man's Lament," is an aching story song.

Priscilla Ahn was heard on last month's Grey's Anatomy season finale, which featured her ethereal ballad "Dream," There's more lithe, lovely folk-pop where that came from on her full-length debut, A Good Day.

After two albums with husband Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, the classy songbird, is back with her first solo disc since 2000, Love the Woman. She makes lush R&B for grown-ups, getting jazzy on tunes like the ballad "Give Me Time."

Brian Culbertson, a jazz-keyboardist-composer, taps a funk dream team for old-school sounds that nod to P-Funk, Kool & the Gang, and Earth, Wind & Fire on his latest CD Bringing Back the Funk.

Los Lonely Boys show they still know their way to pop paradise on their third studio disc, Forgiven. The brothers Garza - Henry, JoJo, and Ringo - smoothly integrate pop, rock, blue, country and Tex-mex sounds into a breezy blend perfect for summer chilling. Highlights include the Santana-esque first single "Staying with Me."

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