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CHAKA KHAN
Funk This
Daptone

Chaka Khan has never bothered with great albums because she has such a great voice -- juicy, airy, spunky, transported. Though she's fifty-four, it's also unfrayed, one reason this committed if never classic comeback makes its mark. Another is hot-no-more producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who add bite while discreetly leaving the songwriting to the likes of Hendrix, Prince, Sly Stone and the indelible Ed Townsend. Respect as well to Mary J. Blige's New York raspberry.

Rolling Stone, Oct. 4, 2007