October 17, 2011 12:00 PM

>JASON DERULO

Future History

On his second set, Derulo rehashes the past, from “Day-O” and Robin S’s “Show Me Love” to Toto’s “Africa.” But in the here and now, he’s never quite as good as Usher, Chris Brown or Trey Songz. []

KRISTIN CHENOWETH

Some Lessons Learned

The Tony and Emmy winner looks to add a CMA Award to her mantle with this country-pop collection. But despite learning a few things from Miss Parton (“What Would Dolly Do”), that’s a long shot. []

WILCO

The Whole Love

Be patient: It takes a few spins to get into Wilco’s sprawling latest, which goes from electronica atmospherics to dreamy psychedelia. They’re on firmest ground, though, when covering alt-country territory. []

VAN HUNT

What Were You Hoping For?

After sounding like the heir to Prince’s throne on his first two albums, Hunt disappeared. While his latest isn’t up to those earlier efforts, it’s good to have him back. Less than his best, he’s still better than most. []

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