1. Lady Gaga, "The Remix"

    August 20, 2010 5:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Lady Gaga becoming pop music's biggest star and releasing a handful of inescapable singles in the past year, a remix album of her recent work was all but inevitable. Thankfully, Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable producers ...

  2. Juvenile, "Beast Mode"

    August 20, 2010 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 On his ninth solo album, "Beast Mode," New Orleans native Juvenile raps about what he knows best: thug life. The single "Drop That Azz" has a bright synth melody that coincides with a chorus about voluptuous women-a topic in whic ...

  3. Danger Mouse & Sparklehourse, "Dark Night of the Soul"

    August 20, 2010 4:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Dark Night of the Soul," the long-awaited collaboration between producer Danger Mouse ( Gnarls Barkley , Gorillaz , the Black Keys ) and psych-rock act Sparklehorse (aka the late Mark Linkous), features an impressive list of contributors, ...

  4. Bombay Bicycle Club, "I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose"

    August 20, 2010 4:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album "I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose" (released last July in the United Kingdom). Despite its rookie ...

  5. Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"

    August 20, 2010 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Near the end of "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire offers a pair of songs called "Sprawl I" and "Sprawl II," both of which tell you plenty about what this Canadian rock outfit thinks of the place its third studio album is named ...

  6. Menomena, "Mines"

    August 20, 2010 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's rare when every member of a band can claim both vocal and instrumental contributions to an album, and even more rare when each contributor is exceptionally talented. Portland, Ore., rock trio Menomena 's latest album, "Mines,&quo ...

  7. Avenged Sevenfold, "Nightmare"

    August 20, 2010 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Avenged Sevenfold 's fifth studio album is a dream that became something of a "Nightmare" for the arty Southern California head-bangers following the death of drummer James "the Rev" Sullivan. But in its finished form, with ...

  8. Alexander O'Neal, "Five Questions -- The New Journey"

    August 20, 2010 3:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Add Alexander O'Neal to the growing ranks of R&B vets making comeback albums. Now residing in Great Britain, the singer returns with his first album in eight years, "Five Questions-The New Journey." Overall, the project is grounde ...

  9. Disturbed, "Asylum"

    August 20, 2010 3:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Changes from album to album tend to be subtle and incremental for Disturbed , which is exactly what its fans prefer. The Chicago quartet has a defined sound that's been consistently satisfying for the past decade, since it unleashed 2000's ...

  10. Mark Olson, "Many Colored Kite"

    August 20, 2010 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mark Olson asks at the beginning of his second solo album: "What would you do . . . if you lost everything good?" This braces us for another heart-rending rumination along the lines of 2007's transformative "The Salvation Blues.& ...

  11. Brandon Boyd, "The Wild Trapeze"

    August 13, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is known for his alluring vocal additions that shepherd the rock band-and on his debut solo set, "The Wild Trapeze," the artist's voice continues to lead the way of the music. Most of these 10 tracks coul ...

  12. The Maine, "Black & White"

    August 13, 2010 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Arizona rock act the Maine 's second album, "Black & White," finds the five-piece indulging in guitar pop-driven love anthems, mixed with a splash of '80s hair band flare. Teenage girls will likely swoon during the track &quo ...

  13. New Politics, "New Politics"

    August 13, 2010 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Danish rock act New Politics aims to revive the youth with a fusion of frantic rapping and danceable melodies on its self-titled debut. Wailing guitars and a "We Will Rock You"-like drumbeat awaken a sense of self-efficacy on the song &quo ...

  14. Fantasia, "Back to Me"

    August 13, 2010 2:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fantasia has had her share of public ups and downs in the past few years. The season-three "American Idol" winner has at times been forced to support her family (as depicted on Vh1's "Fantasia for Real"), admitted to going b ...

  15. Rick Ross, "Teflon Don"

    August 13, 2010 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite living in a ganger's paradise - "I think I'm Big Meech/Larry Hoover," he raps on the track "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," referencing incarcerated gang leaders - Rick Ross has always been a respected lyrici ...

  16. The Books, "The Way Out"

    August 13, 2010 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York duo the Books continue their tradition of using intriguing vocal samples behind folk-and electronic-based compositions on fourth album "The Way Out." This time around, the group also mixes jazz-fusion with quirky dialogue that ran ...

  17. Hellyeah, "Stampede"

    August 13, 2010 12:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you've ever wondered what sort of code of conduct the cowboy community lives by, the first track on this heavy-metal super-group's sophomore disc lays it out quite clearly: "What's mine is mine/What's yours is mine," ...

  18. Best Coast, "Crazy For You"

    August 13, 2010 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I want you." "I miss you." "I wanna be with you all the time." "Wish he was my boyfriend." The ideas on Best Coast 's debut album, "Crazy for You," don't get much more complicated than the ...

  19. Sky Sailing, "An Airplane Carried Me to Bed"

    August 13, 2010 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Adam Young, the mastermind behind synth-pop act Owl City 's 2009 breakthrough, "Ocean Eyes," returns in stripped-down acoustic form on new musical project Sky Sailing. Instead of the lighthearted references to fireflies and manta rays ...

  20. Asleep at the Wheel & Leon Rausch, "It's a Good Day"

    August 13, 2010 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Whether you're a die-hard or casual fan of Asleep at the Wheel , one thing is certain: Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular. And the veteran western swing band's latest album, "It's a Good Day" is no d ...

  21. Lady Gaga, "The Remix"

    August 12, 2010 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Lady Gaga becoming pop music's biggest star and releasing a handful of inescapable singles over the past year, a remix album of her recent work was all but inevitable. Thankfully, Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable produce ...

  22. Big Boi, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"

    August 06, 2010 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 For years, Big Boi has played second fiddle to OutKast partner Andre 3000. So Big Boi did what anyone in his position would do: make his presence known. After years of setbacks, splitting with former label Jive Records and facing contractual issues ...

  23. Sun Kil Moon, "Admiral Fell Promises"

    August 06, 2010 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sun Kil Moon principal member Mark Kozelek takes a stripped-down approach on the band's latest album, "Admiral Fell Promises," using only a nylon-string guitar to deliver the 10-song set. The slow drawl and masterfully rendered progre ...

  24. Crowded House, "Intriguer"

    August 06, 2010 1:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 The urgent rocker "Saturday Sun" is a rousing, if somewhat misleading, way to open Crowded House 's sixth studio album. A collection of moody, meditative numbers that gradually reveals its charms after successive spins, "Intrigue ...

  25. Alejandro Escovedo, "Street Songs of Love"

    August 06, 2010 1:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Given Alejandro Escovedo 's struggles in the early '00s with near-fatal health problems, we should be grateful that the man is simply alive, much less making music as vibrant as what's found on his latest album. An exhilarating, life- ...

  26. Great Big Sea, "Safe Upon the Shore"

    August 06, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Canadian folk-rock act Great Big Sea 's 10th studio album, "Safe Upon the Shore," the nearly 18-year-old band rediscovers its Newfoundland musical roots with accent-ridden anthems of nostalgia and relationships. "Dear Home Tow ...

  27. Tracy Bonham, "Masts of Manhatta"

    August 06, 2010 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 After some success in the mid-'90s and a five-year wait since her last album, Tracy Bonham returns to listeners' radars with her fourth set, "Masts of Manhatta." The album opens with "Devil's Got Your Boyfriend," a ...

  28. Iron Maiden, "The Final Frontier"

    August 06, 2010 1:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Iron Maiden knows how to make up for lost time. Four years after "A Matter of Life or Death"-the longest wait for a new album in the British metal heroes' 35-year history-the sextet delivers its longest outing yet (more than 76 minute ...

  29. M.I.A., "/\/\ /\ Y /\"

    August 06, 2010 1:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anticipation was feverishly high for M.I.A. 's third album, "/\/\ /\ Y /\," and why shouldn't it have been? Aside from finally breaching the U.S. pop charts with "Paper Planes" in 2008, Maya Arulpragasam has founded her ...

  30. Enrique Iglesias, "Euphoria"

    August 06, 2010 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Enrique Iglesias ' first almost fully bilingual album, "Euphoria" (the standard version includes six tracks in Spanish and four in English), is a cohesive set within the confines of two languages and a vast array of collaborators. The ...

  31. Ivy Queen, "Drama Queen"

    August 06, 2010 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ivy Queen is the reigning diva of reggaetón-in fact, she's the only female in the genre who's a household name. In a male-dominated field filled with booty talk and braggadocio, Ivy Queen alone has carried the banner for pissed-off, heartb ...

  32. a-ha, "Hunting High and Low/Scoundrel Days (Remastered Deluxe Edition)"

    July 30, 2010 5:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Having announced their disbandment after 25 years, the members of iconic Norwegian pop band a-ha conclude their farewell with reissues of 1985 debut "Hunting High and Low" and 1986 follow-up "Scoundrel Days" that brim with demos ...

  33. Delphic, "Acolyte"

    July 30, 2010 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 British electronic act Delphic 's debut album, "Acolyte," is a seamless fusion of electro beats and despondent vocals that serve as the backdrop to a lyrical theme about dealing with the end of a relationship. Singer James Cook pleads ...

  34. Kenny G, "Heart and Soul"

    July 30, 2010 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 During his nearly 30-year career, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has become one of the most celebrated artists in contemporary jazz. On his 13th studio album, "Heart and Soul," the artist returns to his R&B roots following 20 ...

  35. Dwele, "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)"

    July 30, 2010 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dwele - Kanye West 's vocal wingman ("Power," "Flashing Lights") and McDonald's McCafe pitchman-thematically expands his horizons on "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)" Dividing his fourth album into three distinc ...

  36. School of Seven Bells, "Disconnect From Desire"

    July 30, 2010 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to imagine School of Seven Bells turning to Brian Eno 's list of "Oblique Strategies" for inspiration. Because from the sound of its new album, it used his "disconnect from desire" suggestion in title alone. T ...

  37. 3OH!3, "Streets of Gold"

    July 30, 2010 4:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following the release of its much buzzed-about 2008 breakout album, "Want," electro-rap duo 3OH!3 returns with more fast-paced, catchy digital-pop beats on its latest set, "Streets of Gold." The single "My First Kiss" ( ...

  38. Kelis, "Flesh Tone"

    July 30, 2010 2:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buoyed by a favorable divorce settlement, a baby boy and a newly released high-energy dance album, "Flesh Tone," the recently single Kelis is ready to bring the boys back to the yard. Backed by an elevating electro beat on the David Guetta ...

  39. Wolf Parade, "Expo 86"

    July 30, 2010 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Montreal rock outfit Wolf Parade received critical acclaim for its 2005 debut, "Apologies to the Queen Mary," and three years later for follow-up "At Mount Zoomer." For its third album, "Expo 86," the band tempers the m ...

  40. Blake Shelton, "All About Tonight"

    July 30, 2010 2:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 We know that Blake Shelton can make a solid full-length album, but he's definitely onto something with these "Six Pak" EPs. Like his album "Hillbilly Bone" earlier this year, which reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Count ...

  41. Bret Michaels, "Custom Built"

    July 30, 2010 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Custom Built," the Poison frontman's first solo album since 2005's "Freedom of Sound," is a mixed-bag affair, with songs from his various reality TV pursuits sprinkled among new tunes, covers, remixes and a handful of ...

  42. Eminem, "Recovery"

    July 23, 2010 4:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Throughout "Recovery," the rapper's first album since overcoming an addiction to pharmaceuticals, Eminem is unsparing in assessing the weakness of character that led to his descent into drugs. But the strong-selling rapper is even mor ...

  43. Scissor Sisters, "Night Work"

    July 23, 2010 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Scissor Sisters ' third nightlife-themed album, "Night Work," is a return to the glittery, flamboyant pop of the group's 2004 self-titled debut. Inspired by the New York music scene of the late '70s/early '80s, when ...

  44. Buckcherry, "All Night Long"

    July 23, 2010 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Los Angeles rock revivalists Buckcherry waste no time getting down to business on their latest album, "All Night Long," which opens with a cowbell-enhanced title track where singer Josh Todd announces that "a good time coming will kee ...

  45. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, "We Walk This Road"

    July 23, 2010 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the help of renowned producer T-Bone Burnett , pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph takes a backward glance at American roots music to discover the true soul of sacred steel on his latest album, "We Walk This Road." The uplifting set ...

  46. The Chemical Brothers, "Further"

    July 23, 2010 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Chemical Brothers make giant gut-wallops of electronic sound that carry best in an arena or open field in England. But the visual cacophony is as essential to the live Chems experience as the aural one-scrambles of psychedelic delight that have ...

  47. Ozzy Osbourne, "Scream"

    July 23, 2010 3:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 After surveying his life to this point in a best-selling autobiography ("I Am Ozzy"), Ozzy Osbourne incorporates some fresh blood-to good advantage-into his first new album in three years. On "Scream," longtime guitarist Zakk Wyl ...

  48. Sia, "We Are Born"

    July 23, 2010 3:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Known for her past collaborations with English electronica band Zero 7 and more recently with Christina Aguilera , Australian artist Sia Furler shines bright on her own on her newest release, "We Are Born." On the 14-song set, the singer/s ...

  49. Miley Cyrus, "Can't Be Tamed"

    July 23, 2010 3:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miley Cyrus recently admitted in her Billboard cover story that she listens to "zero pop music" and insists that with her own material she's "not just sitting here trying to sell glitz and glamour." Cyrus proves her point on ...

  50. Macy Gray, "The Sellout"

    July 23, 2010 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hindsight is always 20/20. And in the case of Macy Gray 's latest-which she says "reflects my true identity"-it makes you wonder if her career would've lost as much steam if this had followed her 1999 breakthrough, "On How L ...

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