By Chuck Arnold Jessica Herndon
May 17, 2010 12:00 PM

>RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu

Wainwright creates a beautiful intimacy with just voice, piano and some deeply personal lyrics. Best is the heartbreaker “Sad with What I Have.” []

SHELBY LYNNE

Tears, Lies, and Alibis

As she veers toward twang after the torch of 2008’s Just a Little Lovin’, the Grammy winner keeps it raw on songs where the ache goes down deep. []

MGMT

Congratulations

An adventurous journey into dreamy, ’60s-spiked psychedelia, the second MGMT album deserves even more kudos than 2007’s Oracular Spectacular. []

MERLE HAGGARD

I Am What I Am

At 73, the country legend possesses an ease with himself that lends a grizzled grace to tunes such as the unapologetic title track. []

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