>Rod Stewart


It’s sure good to hear Stewart finally give the standards a rest, turning back the clock to his songwriting days on these originals. Although there is still some schmaltz on Time, tunes like “Brighton Beach” make for a more satisfying nostalgia trip.



Lip Lock

Nicki Minaj who? That’s what you’ll be saying after hearing Eve’s first album since 2002. She reestablishes herself as one of the fiercest female rappers in the game with bangers like the aptly titled “She Bad Bad.” This is how to make a comeback.


98 Degrees


While Eve’s comeback blazes, Nick and Drew Lachey’s boy band makes a tepid return with their first studio effort since 2000. Still, there are flashes of heat: The sexy, soulful “Can’t Get Enough” is a pretty good Robin Thicke knockoff.


The Music of Nashville

Season 1/Volume 2

With T Bone Burnett serving as executive music producer of the TV drama, the original tunes—and the actors singing them—continue to impress. Soundtrack standouts include Connie Britton’s aching “Stronger Than Me.”


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