Al Green's first two comeback recordings for Blue Note felt right and sounded wonderful, but they were missing that elusive magic. Lay It Down brings the magic, making it a work that can stand tall next to Green's classic recordings. Coproducers ?uestLove and James Poyser bring in the Dap-King Horns and vocalists Anthony Hamilton, Corinne Bailey Rae and John Legend, yet the results never veer from Green's unique artistry. The songs are top-rate, and the entire set is burnished with soul. Forget genre and age -- this is universal love music, in the secular and spiritual sense.