By Chuck Arnold Sara Hammel Lesley Messer
February 22, 2010 12:00 PM

>CORINNE BAILEY RAE

The Sea

Channeling her grief over the 2008 death of her husband, the British singer-songwriter captivates with a haunting, heartbreaking set that’s almost painfully exquisite. []

VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Contra

The breezy latest by these Columbia University grads is executed with such understated cool that they barely break a sweat in their cardigans. []

OK GO

Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Displaying shades of the Purple One (see “WTF?”), the dancing-on-treadmills dudes get downright funky on their third studio album. []

PATTY GRIFFIN

Downtown Church

With Buddy Miller serving as producer, Griffin goes gospel on this righteous collection recorded at Nashville Downtown Church. []

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