Classic Albums from U.K. Soul Sisters
By Smith Galtney
Dusty in Memphis
Don�t let the title fool you: Springfield may have flown to the States and teamed up with Aretha Franklin�s producers to create her masterpiece, but it�s as British as fish and chips on a rainy afternoon. Poised, sophisticated, sensual�use it to smarten up teatime or elicit your next shag.
The Best of Sade
Given how she�s all but Xeroxed the same album for two decades, this collection counts as Sade�s finest hour. The steady stream of lithe, Euro-spiced grooves make it easy to forgive this model-turned-singer�s rather, um, spotty geography: �Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago�?
Back to Black
(2007, Universal Republic)
Recall Trainspotting�s Begbie, who thought nothing of smashing his pint glass in someone�s face? Now imagine him as a beehived soul queen -- with one big-ass broken heart. That�s Winehouse. Just pray the girl lives long enough to record a follow-up to this instant