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The Best CDs of 2008

A musician friend recently asked me what era of music is my favorite, and my immediate response was the music that's out there now. In a similar way, it almost always seems at this time of year that the year just ending has been the best one ever for music, and this year that seems even more so, and not only because of the following CDs. Read on. 1. Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin' (Lost Highway) Listen to "The Look of Love" A Superb Piece of Work : I knew instantly when I first heard this record early on in 2008 that it would be my album of the year, and no matter how many times I've listened to it since, my awe at the quality of this loving tribute to Dusty Springfield continues to grow. Start with the arrangements which are so open that they derive great power from their simplicity - the first sixty seconds of the first song ("Just a Little Lovin'") will stop you dead in your tracks. The song selection is spot on perfect; just the