March 02, 2009 12:00 PM

>BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Working on a Dream Recorded with the E Street Band, Dream continues the classic-Springsteen revival of 2007’s Magic, from the rousing arena rocker “My Lucky Day” to the eight-minute gunslinger epic “Outlaw Pete.”

INDIA.ARIE

Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics On this sequel to 2006’s Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, Arie tackles both affairs of the heart and society. Her soothing sounds are like comfort food for the soul in these unsettling times.

MELINDA DOOLITTLE

Coming Back to You This American Idol alum plays to her strengths as an old-school belter on her debut. Like a young Tina Turner, she can go from a slinky purr to a mighty, gospel-charged growl on these vintage R&B numbers.

LATE OF THE PIER

Fantasy Black Channel Living up to the Brit hype, these English lads make their debut a rush of dance-rock grooves, squiggly synths and quirky vocals. Just try not jerking your body to a pulse-racing track like “Heartbeat.”

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