27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear in 2013

The best of what flew under the mainstream radar

Laura Mvula, 'Sing to the Moon'
Courtesy Columbia Records12/27

Laura Mvula, 'Sing to the Moon'

A conservatory-trained British soul singer who separates herself from Adele Nation (and, frankly, raises the stylistic bar on Ms. Adkins) with sheer diversity: "Sing to the Moon"draws on and smoothly amalgamates jazzy melodies, pop ballads, orchestral doo-wop and smart gospel. There doesn’t seem to be anything she can't sing, belt and make her own.

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