By Chuck Arnold Joey Bartolomeo
October 03, 2011 12:00 PM

>GAVIN DEGRAW

Sweeter

Four albums in, this piano man may not have scored another hit like 2003’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” but his soul-flavored pop is still pretty sweet. Highlights include “Stealing,” a blues-hued ballad, and “Not Over You,” the pining first single. []

DEMI LOVATO

Unbroken

Lovato is a better singer than those other Disney darlings (Miley, Selena), as she demonstrates on some Xtina-esque ballads. But although it has its pop charms (“Lightweight”), Unbroken is uneven. []

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

Seeds We Sow

After Stevie Nicks with In Your Dreams, Buckingham is the latest Fleetwood Macster to impressively go his own way in 2011, with Seeds songs like “Stars Are Crazy” covering fertile folk-pop ground. []

BLONDIE

Panic of Girls

On their first studio album since 2003, these new wavers slip right back into the groove like custom-fitted spandex. At 66, frontwoman Debbie Harry remains one of the coolest chicks on the planet. []

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