Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts
>ALICE IN CHAINS
Black Gives Way to Blue
The grunge rockers return with their first studio disc since ’95, replacing late singer Layne Staley with William DuVall. As far as comebacks go, though, it’s a bit underwhelming.
Heartbreak on Vinyl
On his latest, ’07’s American Idol runner-up moves in a dance direction. While sometimes stumbling, he hits his groove on cuts like “Left My Baby for You.”
This singer-bassist still possesses genre-bending powers. But though Halo has its moments, it meanders a bit—a problem when it’s only 37 minutes.
Read Between the Lines
Mentored by the Go-Go’s, these teen girls get points for playing their own instruments on their Disney debut. If only they had better songs.