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Lil Wayne

Rebirth |

RAP-ROCK

“Papa was a rolling stone/ I was born to rock,” spits Lil Wayne while banging heads with Kevin Rudolf and Travis Barker on “One Way Trip.” Indeed, Rebirth—the much-delayed follow-up to 2008’s Grammy-winning smash Tha Carter III—is, true to hype, Weezy’s “rock” album. As such, it finds him singing—with the help of Auto-Tune and other electronic effects—more than rapping. Think T-Pain gene-spliced with Marilyn Manson. Yes, it is as twisted as that sounds, but the disc—arriving as he’s set to begin a one-year jail sentence for gun possession—also gives you another vantage point from which to look inside Wayne’s strange world.

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Josh Turner

Haywire |

COUNTRY

Male country voices don’t get much sexier than Josh Turner’s. With his thick, rich baritone, he can be both tough and tender, leaving your knees weak either way. On his fourth album, Turner’s stud appeal makes the frisky hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” sound like foreplay. Elsewhere, he brings real masculinity to his cover of Don Williams’s “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.” Best, though, is his soulful seduction on the ballad “Lovin’ You on My Mind.”

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