April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

Timbaland, Timbaland Presents: Shock Value

With some help from friends like Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and Missy Elliott, Timbaland steps from behind the boards and shows why he’s worth every penny of his producing fees.

David Ball, Heartaches by the Number

Ball’s latest is a marvelous set of standards that amounts to a tribute to the country industry that has never fully appreciated him.

Pam Tillis, Rhinestoned

Mel’s daughter comes off like one of the girls on this sparkling album, which has a free and easy feel captured by some bluegrassy, down-home arrangements.

Kaiser Chiefs, Yours Truly, Angry Mob

These neo-new wavers are back to incite more ’80s revelry with zippy tracks like “Everything Is Average Nowadays” that display uncommon catchiness.

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