October 28, 2013 12:00 PM

>Cassadee Pope

Frame by Frame

While the third-season Voice champ is being marketed as a country artist—groomed as such by her coach Blake Shelton—she isn’t really Nashville. Despite some identity issues on her debut, she’s a solid, malleable performer and even shows songwriting skills. []

Tyler Farr

Redneck Crazy

Scoring a country hit with the titular breakup ballad, Farr brings more down-home spirit to his debut album. Though he may not be the best singer, he takes you on a smooth truck ride with both honky-tonk stompers (“Dirty”) and good ol’ weepies (“Hello Goodbye”). []

Amos Lee

Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

After topping the Billboard pop chart with his last album, 2011’s Mission Bell, this singer-songwriter ventured to Nashville to record this country-flavored set, even getting Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin to sing on two rootsy beauties. []


Days Are Gone

On their debut, which opened at No. 1 in the U.K. (and No. 6 in the U.S.), L.A.’s three Haim sisters alternately evoke the 2013 answer to Wilson Phillips, Tegan & Sara as a trio and the female version of the Bee Gees. It all makes for some sweet California breeziness. []

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