Smokey Robinson, "Time Flies When You're Having Fun"
Smokey Robinson has gotten heated in recent comments regarding the media's coverage of Michael Jackson's death, but on the follow-up to his 2006 standards set, "Timeless Love," Robinson couldn't sound more relaxed. "Time Flies When You're Having Fun" is a mellow vintage-soul disc that finds the Motown maestro in remarkably fine voice as he flexes his signature falsetto over supple, unhurried live-band arrangements long on tasty licks and laid-back grooves. Nine out of the album's 10 tracks are new originals, including "Please Don't Take Your Love," which features a guitar solo from Carlos Santana, and "You're the One for Me," the sultry Joss Stone duet that the pair premiered on "American Idol" in March. And the 10th? A hushed piano-bar rendition of Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why." Who knew that tune could get any smoother? --Mikael Wood