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>BJORK

Biophilia

Thirty-four years after her debut at 11, Björk still feels ahead of her time, like a creature from the future. Her latest can be a challenging listen, but from its orchestral to electronic ambitions, it’s a sonic wonder. []

JAMES MORRISON

The Awakening

America has yet to wake up and take notice of this Brit, whose latest hit No. 1 in the U.K. Showcasing his soulful, sandpapery voice, songs like “Person I Should Have Been” deserve attention. []

JANE’S ADDICTION

The Great Escape Artist

With Lollapalooza’s 20th anniversary this year, it was perfect timing for these alt-rockers to make a comeback. But while this is a solid effort, you kind of expect more after eight years away. []

MAYER HAWTHORNE

How Do You Do

Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and John Mayer have all tweeted their love for this creamy-voiced crooner. His retro-soul charms should easily win him more fans. []