R&B

MINDLESS BEHAVIOR

All Around the World

Producers: various

Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope Records

Release Date: March 12

Innocent affection drives R&B quartet Mindless Behavior's sophomore album. The polish shines on "All Around the World," a marvel of studio technology personalized by doe-eyed anthems of all speeds. The foursome hawks the ladies on the slinky "Bang Bang Bang," yet knows when to pump the brakes (see the emotive "Forever"). -SJH

LATIN

Pedrito Martinez

Rumba de la Isla

Producers: Fernando Trueba, Nat Chediak

Sony Masterworks/Calle 54

Release Date: March 12

Conga player/vocalist Martinez makes magic by pairing Afro-Cuban chanting and beats with the musical legacy of Spanish flamenco great Camaron de la Isla. Masters of the contemporary cosmopolitan sound at work here include a team of multiple Grammy Award-winning producers, flamenco guitarist Niño Josele and Fania violinist Alfredo de la Fe. -JCN

CHRISTIAN

Jason Crabb

Love Is Stronger

Producers: Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash, Wayne Haun

Gaither Music Group

Release Date: March 12

Crabb delivers a cohesive album that showcases the vocal diversity he's known for. "Love Wins" (featuring Kari Jobe) is a stunner, and "What the Blood Is For" is a vulnerable ballad that perfectly demonstrates Crabb's soulful voice. -DEP

ROCK

Bon Jovi

What About Now

Producers: John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

Island Records

Release Date: March 12

Jon Bon Jovi still cuts a fine-looking figure at 51, but things aren't always as pretty on his band's latest, "What About Now." Midlife malaise and big-picture concerns weigh heavy on the characters of these songs, but Bon Jovi's determined optimism generally wins out on anthems like "Because We Can" and the U2-like title track. -GG

ROCK

Cloud Cult

Love

Producer: Craig Minowa

Earthology Records

Release Date: March 5

Chamber-rock collective Cloud Cult has mastered its anthemic sound. Ninth album "Love" is overblown yet manicured in the right spots, building tension and exploding into musical peaks. Some tracks recall the arena-rock inclination of Muse ("Sleepwalker"), while others pare the dramatics ("Meet Me Where You're Going"), remaining versatile without losing focus. -SJH

ROCK

The Men

New Moon

Producers: The Men

Sacred Bones Records

Release Date: March 5

The Men get thrashy on fourth album "New Moon." Known for its hardcore leanings, the Brooklyn band gives into its nature on the sweaty "Electric" and "I See No One." But where some punkers sacrifice artistry for aesthetic, the Men's songwriting chops are sharp, brought to the forefront with the Americana swing of "Open the Door." -SJH

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