By Chuck Arnold Lesley Messer Joey Bartolomeo
October 19, 2009 12:00 PM

>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.

BLAKE LEWIS

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.”

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO

Devil’s Halo

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.

KSM

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.

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