February 08, 2010 12:00 PM

>CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG

IRM

The French singer-actress has Beck on the boards for her new CD, but what might have been a très cool collaboration disappoints with songs that mostly make for background music. []

NEIL SEDAKA

The Music of My Life

Sure, there’s a certain cheese quotient and schmaltz factor to Sedaka’s first studio disc in 10 years. But this music man shows that there’s still some life in him. []

PATTY GRIFFIN

Downtown Church

With Buddy Miller serving as producer, Griffin goes gospel on this righteous album recorded at Nashville Downtown Presbyterian Church. []

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK

My Dinosaur Life

On their major-label debut, these punk-popsters enlist blink-182’s Mark Hoppus as producer. The results are punchy if predictable. []

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