Metallica roars back on its first album in five years, Jessica Simpson makes a play for country stardom, LL Cool J says adios to Def Jam and Gym Class Heroes bare their souls in this week's Hot Produc

The first album in five years from trip-hop innovator Tricky, "Knowle West Boy" (Domino).

A compilation from Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan's long-running Portastatic side project, "Some Small History" (Merge).

A new album from singer/songwriter Joan Baez, "Day After Tomorrow" (Razor & Tie), produced by Steve Earle.

The latest from desert rock outfit Calexico, "Carried To Dust" (Quarterstick).

A children's album from former Moldy Peaches principal Kimya Dawson, "Alphabutt" (K Records).

Michael Franti & Spearhead's "All Rebel Rockers" (Anti-).

Indie rock act Okkervil River's "The Stand-Ins" (Jagjaguwar).

The latest from R&B veteran Eric Benet, "Love & Life" (Warner Bros.).

An instrumental album from pianist Jim Brickman, "Unspoken" (Savoy).

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