59. Alison Moyet, Hometime (404 Music, 2002)

I extensively wrote about this one last year. It was a pleasure to hear anything from this underrated vocalist after a nearly decade-long layoff, but for it to be her best yet was delightfully unexpected. Some divas just get better with age, I guess, or maybe Moyet didn't place such a weighted emphasis on crafting a radio-ready hit for this one. Funny thing that fellow MIA ice queen Annie Lennox put out the similiarly themed Bare a year later. Whereas her break-up album exuded a little too much self-pity, Moyet's communicated strength and self-actualization with a minimum of navel-gazing. She can take another eight years off if it ensures her next album will be as good as this one.