September 26, 2005 12:00 PM

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Welcome to Jamrock: The Grammy-winning youngest son of Bob Marley continues to proudly carry on his dad’s legacy with this potent third outing of gritty reggae with an almost hip-hop sensibility.

Death Cab for Cutie, Plans: The Seattle-based quartet—once indie rock’s best kept secret—makes its major-label debut with a beautifully woven tapestry of dreamy, downbeat alt-pop.

The Kentucky Headhunters, Big Boss Man: Classic country meets Southern rock and semi-heavy metal on this entertainingly offbeat album of covers.

The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang: The boys are back and more fired up than ever on twangy ballads and raw bluesy tunes that out-rock the competition.

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