Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" scored No. 1 box-office kudos. Judging by the mesmerizing performances here, the movie's soundtrack deserves to do equally as well.

Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" scored No. 1 box-office kudos. Judging by the mesmerizing performances here, the movie's soundtrack deserves to do equally as well. It's filled to the brim with diva-licious stylings that will have you frequently punching the repeat-play button. India.Arie, Monica, Natalie Cole and other marquee names from the worlds of R&B, pop and gospel cut loose on a cogent collection that unleashes a maelstrom of emotions. Arie's soulful "Purify Me" opens the proceedings. Her moving delivery is echoed at various turns by fellow contemporaries Angie Stone ("Different Directions"), Tamia ("Things I Collected") and Heather Headley ("Ain't It Funny"). Meanwhile, R&B/pop vets Cole ("I Wanna Love Again") and Patti LaBelle ("I Wanna Be Free") nearly steal the show. Not to be counted out is former R&B hitmaker Cheryl Pepsii Riley on the illuminating "What If God Was One of Us."—GM