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Album Review: 'Roberta'

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On this inspired swing through soul, blues, / and jazz classics — such as Al Green’s ”Let’s Stay Together,” B.B. King’s ”The Thrill Is Gone,” and Billy Eckstine’s 1945 hit, ”Cottage For Sale” — Flack sounds as supple, dramatic, and warm as ever. Sure, there are few bows to contemporary R&B in terms of form or content, but that’s okay: After all, a singer of her standing is above kowtowing to trends. A-