By Chris Strauss V.R. PETERSON
January 23, 2006 12:00 PM

Juelz Santana, What the Game’s Been Missing! On his sophomore CD this Harlem emcee steps out of mentor Cam’ron’s shadow by backing up his boasts and rocking the clubs with jams like “There It Go (The Whistle Song).”

Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack Like intertwined lovers, the wonderful soundtrack to the gay cowboy romance perfectly weaves the evocative score with rootsy songs, new and old, from the film.

Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough Having kicked the drama to the curb, the now happily married Blige testifies with gospel fervor about the power of real love on tracks like the Aretha-esque “I Found My Everything.”

My Morning Jacket, Z Making a sonic leap from its previous work, My Morning Jacket expands beyond jam-heavy southern rock with genre-defying gusto, earning Z an A.