Miki Howard returned to the contemporary scene earlier this year with her first new studio album in seven years, the Peak/Concord release Three Wishes.

Miki Howard returned to the contemporary scene earlier this year with her first new studio album in seven years, the Peak/Concord release Three Wishes. But the self-professed jazz singer initially got busy in the '80s and early '90s, churning out a pair of No. 1 R&B smashes (1989's energizing "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" and 1992's sensual "Ain't Nobody Like You"), as well as several top five hits (including "Love Under New Management" and "Baby Be Mine"). Those songs and more constitute this hits collection. Whether sharing the mike with duet partner Gerald Levert on the soulful exchange "That's What Love Is," channeling Billie Holiday via the smoky "Don't Explain," or reinterpreting Glenn Miller's "Imagination," Howard's full-bodied, gospel-fused vocals still hit home. And you can't ask for any more than that.—GM

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