Dusty in Memphis
Dont let the title fool you: Springfield may have flown to the States and teamed up with Aretha Franklins producers to create her masterpiece, but its as British as fish and chips on a rainy afternoon. Poised, sophisticated, sensualuse it to smarten up teatime or elicit your next shag.
The Best of Sade
Given how shes all but Xeroxed the same album for two decades, this collection counts as Sades finest hour. The steady stream of lithe, Euro-spiced grooves make it easy to forgive this model-turned-singers rather, um, spotty geography: Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago?
Back to Black
(2007, Universal Republic)
Recall Trainspottings Begbie, who thought nothing of smashing his pint glass in someones face? Now imagine him as a beehived soul queen -- with one big-ass broken heart. Thats Winehouse. Just pray the girl lives long enough to record a follow-up to this instant