Framed by the U.K.'s unwavering reverence for all things soulful, this 16-track compilation is a contemporary treat that showcases both U.S. and U.K.

Framed by the U.K.'s unwavering reverence for all things soulful, this 16-track compilation is a contemporary treat that showcases both U.S. and U.K. R&B practitioners. All facets of soul—from gospel to jazz and all points in between (and beyond)—are represented. The U.S. front is ably fortified by such talents as veteran Gap Band man Charlie Wilson and such under-heralded acts as Rahsaan Patterson and the Bay Area's Ledisi. The U.K. contingent, meanwhile, includes Hil St. Soul and new Dome signing Beverlei Brown. Choice cuts range from James "D Train" Williams' groovin' "Spirit Jam" to Dennis Taylor's jazzy take on the Anita Baker classic "Angel" and Denetria Chance's Aretha-esque vocals on "I Will Always Remember You." But the 1991 Mica Paris duet with Bobby Womack ("I Wish I'd Never Met You") is alone worth the price of admission.—GM

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