February 20, 2012 12:00 PM

>THE FRAY

Scars & Stories

The third album from this pop-rock quartet is a solid effort that’s easy on the ears. But only a few songs (like the closer “Be Still,” a hushed piano ballad) really make you put down your mocha latte and listen. []

LEONARD COHEN

Old Ideas

At 77, the “Hallelujah” god shows that he still has plenty of magic left in his pen on his first studio album since 2004. Highlights include “Crazy to Love You,” a country-style ballad that does Johnny Cash proud. []

JESSIE BAYLIN

Little Spark

Sure, this indie singer-songwriter is married to Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, but tunes like “Love Is Wasted on Lovers” and “The Greatest Thing That Never Happened” have a real spark all their own. []

GOTYE

Making Mirrors

On his U.S. debut, this Belgian-born Aussie makes atmospheric pop with a quirky touch on tunes like the single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” while “I Feel Better” has a retro bounce sure to boost your mood. []

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