OLD 97’S Blame It on Gravity Some things don’t get old, and the rootsy pop-rock of this quartet is one of them. Highlights of their latest album include the jaunty, jangly “No Baby I” and the misty-eyed ballad “Color of a Lonely Heart Is Blue.”
LALAH HATHAWAY Self Portrait Donny’s daughter got a big boost with her 2004 cover of Luther Vandross’s “Forever, For Always, For Love.” Her new album, a classy sophisto-soul affair, delivers more jazz-kissed slow jams like “On Your Own.”
HAYES CARLL Trouble in Mind This Texas troubadour displays both heart (the aching “Don’t Let Me Fall”) and humor (the hilarious “She Left Me for Jesus”) on an alt-country disc that gives Ryan Adams something to worry about.
TYE TRIBBETT & G.A. Stand Out On this live album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s gospel chart, Tribbett and his ensemble, Greater Anointing, make adventurous, ultra-contemporary praise music in the spirit of Kirk Franklin.