October 08, 2012 12:00 PM

>LUPE FIASCO

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

The cover of this sequel to the rapper’s 2006 debut is totally black. But thankfully there’s no such void in the music: These songs enrich with both soul and social consciousness. []

G.O.O.D. MUSIC

Cruel Summer

Kanye West shares the mike with artists from his G.O.O.D. Music label—including Big Sean, Kid Cudi and John Legend—plus some outsiders (Jay-Z, R. Kelly). Given all that talent, though, this disappoints. []

EASTON CORBIN

All over the Road

Notching a country hit with “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” Corbin displays more easy charm on cuts like “That’s Gonna Leave a Memory”—even if his second set won’t leave the deepest impression. []

KIX BROOKS

New to This Town

On his first album since the breakup of Brooks & Dunn in 2010, the country star fails to really conquer his new solo territory. At least “Complete 360” puts a fun spin on the breakup-drinking song. []

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