In the youth-obsessed world of contemporary R&B, where many artists are still in their teen years, one has to wonder if room still exists for the artists who came before.

In the youth-obsessed world of contemporary R&B, where many artists are still in their teen years, one has to wonder if room still exists for the artists who came before. In a word, absolutely—as Oleta Adams proves on her debut set for Pioneer Entertainment. Known for such past hits as her cover of Brenda Russell's "Get Here" and "Rhythm of Life," the singer/ songwriter returns in fine form on All the Love, which streeted in the U.K. last year. The album finds Adams effortlessly traversing a wide musical terrain, from jazz to gospel and several points in between. Her lush alto caresses each track with a simple, understated grace that is hard to find on contemporary recordings by the younger set. Lyrically All the Love takes a sophisticated approach to Valentine-hued themes, encompassing love, heartbreak, and family. For examples of this, look no further than the title track and "Bump in the Road." With All the Love, Adams remains one class act.—RH

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