Conor Oberst takes a country-rock detour away from Bright Eyes, Lloyd offers a hearty dose of love "Lessons," Randy Newman returns to original music for the first time in nine years and the Faint goes

A new album from emo rock outfit Hawthorne Heights, "Fragile Future" (Victory).

Supermodel/French first lady Carla Bruni's "Comme Si de Rien N Etait" (Downtown).

New albums from country artists Jamey Johnson ("That Lonesome Song," Mercury Nashville) and Heidi Newfield ("What Am I Waiting For," Curb).

Phish bassist Mike Gordon's "The Golden Sparrow" (Rounder).

Latin rock combo Plastilina Mosh's "All You Need Is Mosh" (Nacional).

Singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez's "She Ain't Me" (Back Porch).