May 06, 2013 12:00 PM

>PHOENIX

Bankrupt!

On one standout of their fifth studio effort, the French alt-rockers—who won a Grammy for their last album—claim that they’re just “Trying to Be Cool.” Really, though, their synth-pop sounds boast an effortless hipness. []

KID CUDI

Indicud

“Truthfully and noted, I’m back,” declares this alternative hip-hopper, clearly recognizing he’d fallen off his game. The Man on the Moon rights the spaceship with stellar tracks like “Solo Dolo Part II” (with Kendrick Lamar). []

FANTASIA

Side Effects of You

It’s been nine years and four albums since Fantasia won American Idol back in its good old days. She continues building her solid R&B career here. Best is “Without Me” with Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott (yay!). []

TATE STEVENS

Tate Stevens

Another reality-show winner—last year’s X Factor champ—makes a country debut that, despite some forgettable songs, shows he may have what it takes to hang in Nashville. High-lights include “Can’t Get Nothin’ Done” and “Sweet.” []

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