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Albums: Nov. 18, 2011

Reviews of new records from David Nail, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Betty Wright & The Roots

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David Nail, The Sound of a Million Dreams
The ”Red Light” crooner’s got a voice that’s even easier listening than Keith Urban’s, and he finds plenty of driving choruses to show it off here. Many will come for spring hit ”Let It Rain,” but it’s ”Half Mile Hill” that just may end up on endless repeat. B+Mandi Bierly

Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather
”Don’t you take my kindness for weakness/Just ‘cuz I’m gentle doesn’t mean I’m not strong,” Ndegeocello warns on her ninth album’s closing track, and that’s solid advice: Though it’s built on the singer-bassist’s sensual soul grooves, Weather reflects a bracingly tough-minded attitude toward love. Shelter, meet storm. A-Mikael Wood

Betty Wright & The Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie
Old-school soulstress Wright’s voice, both breezily casual and full of earthy grit, works just as well with the Roots’ backyard-barbecue vibe as it does with guests Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg’s blacktop hardness. A-Kyle Anderson