The Guitar Song
It doesn’t get more ambitious in country music than this 25-song double album. But with blues-hued gems like “Mental Revenge,” the Black Album beats the White Album. 
Passion, Pain & Pleasure
The fourth album from this R&B stud comes barely a year after the hit-packed Ready and lacks the same heat. Best is “Unusual,” another jam with Drake. 
There’s nothing on Paula Cole’s latest that will make you forget “I Don’t Want to Wait,” her 1997 hit. Still, songs like “Waiting on a Miracle” make for good chick pop. 
JOEY + RORY
Album Number Two
As the dull title suggests, there’s nothing ingenious about the second set from this husband-wife country duo. Even so, it delivers some modest charms.