July 25, 2011 12:00 PM

>SIMPLE PLAN

Get Your Heart On!

After almost 12 years together, the punk-pop Canadians remain hook-heavy on their fifth record. They explore new ground with Natasha Bedingfield on lovelorn “Jet Lag” and a taste of reggae on “Summer Paradise,” yet remain edgy. []

ZIGGY MARLEY

Wild and Free

Now a reggae icon in his own right, Bob Marley’s son scores from start to finish on this excellent set. Standouts include the purely romantic “Forward to Love” and the pensive “Personal Revolution.” []

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Rave on Buddy Holly

With a guest list including Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo Green, Patti Smith, and Zooey Deschanel’s indie-folk duo She & Him, this tribute album delivers deliciously diverse renditions of the ’50s icon’s hits. []

ANDY GRAMMER

Andy Grammer

Less is more on this debut, with its minimalist radio-friendly pop. Gems include “Fine by Me” and “Biggest Man in Los Angeles,” which recall a young Billy Joel. []

—REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON AND JESSICA HERNDON

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