Genius Loves Company

Genius Loves Company

Ray Charles did it right for his swan song. He not only enlisted the duo support of a dozen top-drawer singers, but he recorded the sessions face to face, voice to voice.
El Rock de Mi Pueblo

El Rock de Mi Pueblo

How far can you take vallenato? Carlos Vives appears to take the Colombian-rooted music as far as it can go, aggressively merging it with blues and rock.
The DEFinition

The DEFinition

How do you keep things fresh when you're an MC on your 11th album? If you're LL Cool J, you team up with Timbaland to create a host of party-ready, female-friendly tracks.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Taking a hint from last year's successful soundtrack to "Freddy Vs. Jason" (not to mention the original "Resident Evil"), Roadrunner has assembled an impressive collection of music for the sequel to the zombie flick starring Milla Jovovich.
Ashes of the Wake

Ashes of the Wake

Any metal purist wary of Virginia's Lamb of God making the move to a major label can relax—"Ashes of the Wake" is one of the purest heavy metal albums of the year.
Leviathan

Leviathan

The near-constant time on the road since the release of its stunning 2002 debut album, "Remission," seems to have paid off for Atlanta's Mastodon.
The Libertines

The Libertines

Looking to build on the momentum established by their first album, "Up for Bracket," the Libertines keep the great vibes going with a more revealing, self-titled sophomore set.
Connected

Connected

A hip-hop duo whose members did not meet until after its debut set was completed sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Melonie Cannon

Melonie Cannon

As the daughter of successful songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon, Melonie may have had an inside track, but she wins this race on her own talent and instincts.
The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango

The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango is one of the greatest jazz musicians in the history of African music, and this retrospective pulls 13 tunes from 26 years of recording (1966-1992).
Strip Tease

Strip Tease

While Beenie Man may profess to be the king of the dancehall, few would argue that Lady Saw is indeed the queen of the subgenre.

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