BeBe & CeCe Winans, "Still"
Reuniting after 15 years, BeBe & CeCe Winans offer definitive proof that things do indeed get better with time. On "Still" (the first release under their own label), the gospel duo settles right back into the inspirational groove that powered its earlier R&B crossover hits, including "Lost Without You" and "Addictive Love." The pair's smooth yet arresting blend of R&B, pop, soul and jazz carries a contemporary vibe that subtly underscores faith-based lyrics about strength, hope and love that are the Winans' stock in trade, as are their pristine vocals. The album's title track doubles as a reintroduction, cleverly weaving the titles of the duo's hits into the lyrics. They also get down to business on standouts like the God-is-love-themed "Close to You," the joyous "Reason to Dance" and the reflective "Never Thought." After all this time, BeBe & CeCe Winans haven't lost their touch.-Gail Mitchell