>DINOSAUR JR. Farm After reuniting for 2007’s Beyond, their first disc in 10 years, J Mascis and crew continue their renaissance. Veering from Pearl Jam-esque grunge to Replacements-style garage, it’s one of 2009’s best rock albums.
BROOKE WHITE High Hopes & Heartbreak Fifth on American Idol last year, White was too subtle to go all the way. But, with Randy Jackson as executive producer, her singer-songwriter talents get the right showcase on this Carole Kingish CD.
CHICO DEBARGE Addiction: Reality Music As a new generation of DeBarges emerges with Kristinia DeBarge, Chico delivers his first CD since 2003. Though he nods to Marvin and Luther, he never really approaches them.
AVENTURA The Last The latest from this Dominican-American boy band not only hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin chart but No. 5 on the pop one. This overlong disc highlights the Dominican style bachata. So why are Akon and Ludacris here?