April 26, 2010 12:00 PM

>ERYKAH BADU

New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh

Wrapped in warm neo-soul textures—with funky grooves and back-in-the-day samples—this is the album fans have been waiting for since Baduizm. []

USHER

Raymond v. Raymond

The personal drama surrounding Usher’s divorce last year helps make for a juicier affair as demonstrated by songs such as the bitter ballad “Papers.” []

THE WHIGS

In the Dark

With garage rock that’s heavy on hooks, riffs and swagger, this trio continue to do the Replacements proud on tracks like “I Don’t Even Care About the One I Love.” []

PETER WOLF

Midnight Souvenirs

Those who know Wolf only as leader of the J. Geils Band will be surprised at the nocturnal gems on this rootsy mix of soul, blues, folk and country. []

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