By Chuck Arnold Monica Rizzo Ivory Jeff Clinton Courtney Rubin
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

SCOTT WEILAND ‘Happy’ in Galoshes
Who needs Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver? Not Weiland, whose second solo outing is a sprawling double disc that lets him indulge his every musical whim. Flaws and all, it’s an impressive outpour.

The Italian tenor pays tribute to his homeland on his latest, and it’s enough to send you packing your bags for Naples. Wherever you may be, these passionately sung songs will surely put a little romanza in the air.

ZAC BROWN BAND The Foundation
On their major-label debut, these country boys come across like a really good bar band. Fun but frivolous songs like “Chicken Fried,” the hit first single, no doubt sound better after a brewski or two.

THE KNUX Remind Me in 3 Days…
Anyone who’s been missing OutKast (what’s up with them?) should check out these two brothers from New Orleans. Their hip-hop debut is a genre-defying adventure that does Big Boi and André 3000 proud.