August 19, 2013 12:00 PM

>Brett Eldredge

Bring You Back

Eldredge’s debut album features the country hit “Don’t Ya,” and there’s more breezy stuff too, but he shows some depth on “Raymond,” a standout ballad about an elderly woman with dementia that strikes a poignant tone. []

Chanté Moore

Moore Is More

The soul songbird has joined the reality-show world this summer with R&B Divas: LA, and she capitalizes on that with ballads such as the heartbreaking “Don’t Make Me Laugh.” But sometimes Moore is less than she could be. []

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Nothing to Lose

Like One Direction, this boy band got their start on The X Factor, just in the U.S. instead of the U.K. But there’s nothing on their debut album to suggest that they can give 1D any competition—least of all the lame rapping. []

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Ricky Reed Is Real

He’s not the best rapper or the best singer, but coming from Oakland, Calif., Ricky Reed brings some fun if frivolous California vibes to this debut. The highlight is “Let’s Get Away with It,” which evokes the spacey cool of N.E.R.D. []

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