November 18, 2013 12:00 PM

>JAMES BLUNT

Moon Landing

On his fourth album, the “You’re Beautiful” singer manufactures his own “Candle in the Wind” with “Miss America,” a touching tribute to Whitney Houston. There’s more fragile beauty on the Beatles-tinged “Blue on Blue” and “Sun on Sunday,” another achingly good ballad. []

ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT

Black Radio 2

After winning the Best R&B Album Grammy for 2012’s Black Radio, the jazz keyboardist re-ups for a stellar, star-packed sequel with Common, Brandy, Anthony Hamilton, Norah Jones and Jill Scott, who oozes sensuality over the chill groove of “Calls.” []

DIANE BIRCH

Speak a Little Louder

Providing a rare reason not to miss Adele in 2013, this singer-songwriter makes a loud soul-pop statement on her second album. Highlights include the righteous “All the Love You Got”—the first single co-produced by Questlove and Eg White (Adele)—and the raw “Unfkd.” []

CAGE THE ELEPHANT

Melophobia

With its sexy shimmy and seductive psychedelia, “Come a Little Closer”—the first single from this rock band’s third album—has you wrapped in a clinch by the time it’s over. Other standouts, such as the Kings of Leon-esque “Take It or Leave It,” will keep you clutched. []

M.I.A.

Matangi

“Let you into Super Bowl/ You tried to steal Madonna‘s crown,” raps M.I.A. on her first album since gaining notoriety for giving the middle finger on the Super Bowl stage last year. Thankfully Matangi, after a slow start, puts the focus back on her music with beatastic tracks like “Bring the Noize.” []

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