Brian Eno
Mary J. Blige puts accent on pop with 'London Sessions'
Other picks include Landlady's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and a Brian Eno collection.

Mary J. Blige, "The London Sessions" (Capitol). The most explosive R&B singer of the last two decades crossed the Atlantic for "The London Sessions." In doing so, Mary J. Blige also gracefully leaped out of her comfort zone, and the result is a shimmering dance-pop record from start to finish — with a few choice ballads to catch your breath. Featuring production work by London sibling team Disclosure, the funk pop chameleon Rodney Jerkins, British garage producer MJ Cole and others, "The London Sessions" is gleefully funky with wobbly synth washes, that house-heavy heartbeat thump and Blige's elastic, pitch-perfect tone. "Winter took most...