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."
"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."
"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"."
"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"."
"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...""
"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"."
"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)."
"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""
"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)."
"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."