Dummy. Get past the odd name. Hip but timeless, mournful but seductive, danceable but restful, this trip-hop album from Portishead sets the mood.
Lady in Satin. Billie Holiday's voice, late in her career, sounded like pure heartbreak--and it was captured beautifully on this 1958 classic.
Love Deluxe. A perfectly balanced album from Sade that's smooth enough to soothe and soulful enough to conjure romantic passion.
Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love. Marisa Monte, one of Brazil's most beloved contemporary singers, updates the samba sound.
Prince. You can't go wrong with an early Prince album. And this bedroom-eyed winner features I Wanna...