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Funk This by Chaka Khan
Released: Sep 2007
Label: Burgundy Records
Chaka's got more soul in her little finger than most singers can muster in a full album, so her first solo project in ten years really blows the competition out of the water. She projects Quiet Storm cool one minute and smashes the hell out of the studio the next, belting out southern soul or jousting with Mary J. Blige. And though almost nobody can cover Jimi Hendrix and get away with it, Chaka handles Hendrix (and Prince!) and leaves you begging for more. Props also go to producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: It sounds like they just got out of Khan's way and let her tear the house down.
Sarah Bardeen