Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

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The latest studio album from Jimmy Buffett, "Take the Weather With You" (Mailboat/MCA), named after the Crowded House hit featured therein.

Rapper Lloyd Banks' "Rotten Apple" (G-Unit/Interscope), featuring guest appearances from 50 Cent, Young Buck, Rakim and Scarface.

The second solo album of the year from former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard, "Normal Happiness" (Merge).

A triple-disc retrospective on indie rock act Chavez, "Better Days Will Haunt You" (Matador).

A new album from the Stephin Merritt-led Gothic Archies, "Songs From 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events': The Tragic Treasury" (Nonesuch).

The debut album from indie buzz band Cold War Kids, "Robbers & Cowards" (Downtown).

Holiday collections from Bette Midler (“Cool Yule,” Columbia) and Brad Paisley (“Brad Paisley Christmas,” Arista Nashville).