Various Artists

Voices [Jive]

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This compilation from Sony -- celebrating "today's chart topping female artists who inspire, entertain and move us" -- definitely delivers. It includes memorable singles from Mariah Carey ("Always Be My Baby"), Jennifer Lopez ("Waiting for Tonight"), Destiny's Child ("Survivor"), and Sarah McLachlan ("Fallen"). It also moves easily through genres, including the slinky aggro-pop of Pink's "Don't Let Me Get Me" alongside Martina McBride's pretty contemporary country lullaby "In My Daughter's Eyes" and no less than two American Idol winners in Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia. Sade's 1992 slow jam hit "No Ordinary Love" provides some historical context, as does Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," which despite her lightweight delivery remains one of the most memorable and relentlessly buoyant singles of the 1990s. Voices also gets credit for including the unedited version of "My Happy Ending." "All the things you hide from me/All the sh*t that you do...." -- for some reason it really is inspiring to hear Avril Lavigne, like, swear and stuff.

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