Classic Coiuntry: Sweet Country Ballads

Ignore the generic title—this 20-track CD is more than just a bunch of random "sweet country ballads." It's a sharp cross-section of the pop-tinged, string-laden "countrypolitan" sound of the 1960s and early '70s (resurrected last year on Martina McBride's Timeless). The selections here, including Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," Ray Price's "For the Good Times" and Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," represent the breadth of countrypolitan, from swooping joy to sweeping sorrow and a hint of barely repressed sensuality.

—Chris Neal