May 31, 2010 12:00 PM

>AMERICAN IDOL

Season 9

Most of these covers by this year’s finalists sound, as Simon would say, like karaoke. The top three? Crystal Bowersox, Casey James and Michael Lynche (on India.Arie’s “Ready for Love”). []

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

This Is Happening

This dance outfit will pump cool beats through your stereo. Getting the party started right are “Dance Yrself Clean” and “Drunk Girls.” []

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

The Age of Miracles

The singer-songwriter lives up to her Grammy pedigree on this first-rate set of country-folk tunes like “I Have a Need for Solitude.” []

ALPHA REV

New Morning

While bringing nothing new to its major-label debut, this VH1 You Oughta Know band keeps Coldplay’s spot warm on cuts like the ballad “Colder Months.” []

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