Ronald Isley—as frontman for the Isley Brothers and as the R. Kelly-inspired Mr. Biggs—possesses one of the most distinctive voices in R&B.

Ronald Isley—as frontman for the Isley Brothers and as the R. Kelly-inspired Mr. Biggs—possesses one of the most distinctive voices in R&B. Burt Bacharach, with musical partner Hal David, penned a '60s songbook of pop classics. Here, Mr. Biggs meets Mr. Bacharach in the same Capitol studios that Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra made history. Backed by a full orchestra and armed with lush new scores by Bacharach himself, Isley's tenor has a field day with such songs as "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Look of Love." However, a slowed-down arrangement of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" does not fare well. Still, it is always intriguing when an artist stretches beyond the box.—GM