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CD Review: Al Green 

Lay It Down

The Deal: The 62-year-old soul singer shows he still has what it takes.

The Good: Producer ?uestlove made sure the album had an old-school feel, and the focus is purely on the vocals here. He may be getting up in years, but he's still got it. There are few cameos, nothing too overwhelming – John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and Charlotte's Anthony Hamilton. The Dap-Kings serve up some tasty horns at the right moments. Green and Rae provide a great duet for the slow and sensual "Take Your Time." The music throughout the disc is purely in the background as the vocals shine on and on for all 11 tracks. For most of the album, Green keeps things toned down, but he does find time to kick it up a little – "Standing in the Rain."

The Bad: No complaints.

The Verdict: This album could fit just about anywhere in the singer's catalog. Green didn't look to reinvent his style, but simply did what he does best.

Blue Note; Release date: May 27, 2008

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