Female adult contemporary artists

A Listmania! list by Stewart Tick (Boynton Beach, Florida)
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The list author says: "So what exactly is "adult contemporary music"? Of course, there are no hard-and-fast definitions. But John Rockwell of the New York Times may have put it best in his review of Melissa Errico's first CD, "Blue Like That". He wrote that the album "is pretty and contained, unashamedly popular, but balanced and proportioned like classical music". I agree, and would add that that observation could apply equally well to the other CDs on this list."
Come Away with Me
1.  Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
The list author says:
  "The multi-Grammy winner that proved a female pop singer could make it today without shouting, screaming, growling, or ornamenting a melody line ostentatiously"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,688 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Feels Like Home
2.  Feels Like Home by Norah Jones
The list author says:
  "More of the same, with a bit of a country flavor this time"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (677 customer reviews)

Not Too Late
3.  Not Too Late by Norah Jones
The list author says:
  "Norah's third album, easily the equal of her first two. "Not Too Late" features more of the country-influenced style heard on "Feels Like Home"."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews) | 13 customer discussions

Fall (Deluxe Edition) (Incl. Bonus Live EP)
4.  Fall (Deluxe Edition) (Incl. Bonus Live EP) by Norah Jones
The list author says:
  "On her fourth album, Norah moves away from her recent affinity with country music, and embraces a bluesy, mid-tempo rock style reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt. Aside from "Chasing Pirates", the first hit single, my favorite track is the live version of "Strangers", found only on the "Deluxe" version of the CD."
$26.11   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Blue Like That
5.  Blue Like That by Melissa Errico
The list author says:
  "Broadway star turns out a smart and subtle adult pop album."
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Lullabies & Wildflowers
6.  Lullabies & Wildflowers by Melissa Errico
The list author says:
  "Melissa's second adult-contemporary album includes excellent renditions of Judy Collins' "Since You Asked", Tom Petty's "Wildflowers", and the Beatles' "Goodnight""
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Call Off the Search
7.  Call Off the Search by Katie Melua
The list author says:
  "A leading British adult pop star, unfortunately not so well-known in the US yet"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Piece By Piece
8.  Piece By Piece by Katie Melua
The list author says:
  "Katie's sophomore effort, possibly even better than her debut"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Pictures
9.  Pictures by Katie Melua
The list author says:
  "Katie's third album, not as consistently good as the first two. (There is some filler here.) Highlights include "Ghost Town", "Perfect Circle", and the first single, "If You Were A Sailboat"."
$11.87   Used & New from: $2.14
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Life for Rent
10.  Life for Rent by Dido
The list author says:
  "Despite the Top 40 success of the single "White Flag", Dido is also much better-known in Britain than America"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)

Finally Woken
11.  Finally Woken by Jem
The list author says:
  "Another British pop star, with a style similar to  Dido's. Check out "Flying High"."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

Coverage
12.  Coverage by Mandy Moore
The list author says:
  "Former teen-pop Britney clone grows up and releases an impressive adult-contemporary album. It should have been a much bigger hit, but at least "Have A Little Faith" made the adult Top 40 charts."
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Wild Hope
13.  Wild Hope by Mandy Moore
The list author says:
  "Mandy's second adult-pop album, this one a collection of original folk-pop and soft folk-rock songs co-written by the artist. Standouts include the first single, "Extraordinary", "All Good Things", "Looking Forward", and the title track, "Wild Hope"."
$27.49   Used & New from: $0.81
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Amanda Leigh (Dig)
14.  Amanda Leigh (Dig) by Mandy Moore
The list author says:
  "Third adult-pop album by young Hollywood star continues the folk-pop style featured on "Wild Hope". Notable tracks include "Love To Love Me Back", "Bug", and the first single, "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of the Week"."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Don't Take Your Time
15.  Don't Take Your Time by Erin Bode
The list author says:
  "Excellent album by another new pop-jazz artist, with a voice and style comparable to  Katie Melua's"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Over & Over
16.  Over & Over by Erin Bode
The list author says:
  "Erin's second album, equal in quality to her debut. "Holiday" and the title track, "Over and Over",  are among the highlights."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Modern Romance
17.  Modern Romance by Sasha Dobson
The list author says:
  "Another fine album by a new pop-jazz artist. Sasha has a voice and style that will remind many of Norah Jones (but with an occasional touch of island and Brazilian rhythms)."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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We Are One
18.  We Are One by Kelly Sweet
The list author says:
  "Debut album from a new classically-trained soprano. "Raincoat" is the adult-contemporary hit single, with the bluesy pop-jazz style popularized by Norah Jones."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Coco
19.  Coco by Colbie Caillat
The list author says:
  "Debut album by a new singer-songwriter from California. Colbie's music has a laid-back, semi-tropical feel that sounds a bit Hawaiian at times. Perhaps the reviewer at the allmusic.com web site put it best: "a lighter, brighter spin on Norah Jones that sounds like an ideal soundtrack to a few hours in a cozy coffeehouse...""
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Breakthrough
20.  Breakthrough by Colbie Caillat
The list author says:
  "Colbie's second album doesn't include quite as many songs that really stand out as her debut did, but it is still a very worthwhile CD. The tracks that I find myself listening to most often are the first single, "Fallin' For You", and the title song, "Breakthrough"."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

All Of You
21.  All Of You by Colbie Caillat
The list author says:
  "Colbie's third album is actually an improvement over 'Breakthrough', her last effort. Among the songs that tend to stand out here are the mid-tempo title track, "All of You", "What If", and the first single, "I Do" (which features a ukulele in the instrumental accompaniment)."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Wonder In The World
22.  Wonder In The World by Kelli O'Hara
The list author says:
  "Debut pop album by young Broadway star. Perhaps somewhat too heavy on traditional pop-standard style to be classified as "contemporary", though it is certainly "adult". Particularly recommended are the country-flavored "The Sun Went Out" (very much in the Norah Jones vein), and a pensive Sinatra-esque reading of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain""
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Zee Avi
23.  Zee Avi by Zee Avi
The list author says:
  "Debut album by new folk-pop artist from Malaysia who plays ukulele as well as acoustic guitar. Personal favorites include "Bitter Heart", the first single, and "Kantoi", sung partly in the Malay language (and also partly in English)."
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Unbroken
24.  Unbroken by Katharine McPhee
The list author says:
  "Katharine McPhee's second album is a collection of soft-rock songs aimed at the adult-contemporary audience. The American Idol alumnus seems much more comfortable with the material here than she ever did on her teen-oriented debut."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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