October 04, 2010 12:00 PM

>JAMEY JOHNSON

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. []

TREY SONGZ

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. []

PAULA COLE

Ithaca

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. []

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