The Rolling Stones

Exile on Main St. |

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CRITIC'S CHOICE

ROCK

It's tricky to mess with a classic like Exile on Main St., the Stones' 1972 double album (back when that meant two vinyl LPs). But this deluxe reissue doesn't disappoint. Disc 1 contains the remastered original work, shining new light on gems like "Tumbling Dice" and "Let It Loose," with the band at the peak of its powers. It's Disc 2, though, that really makes this special. With eight previously unreleased songs from the Exile sessions (plus alternate takes of "Loving Cup" and "Soul Survivor"), it's like unburied treasure. Best are "Following the River," a "Wild Horses"-esque ballad with a new Mick Jagger vocal, and "Plundered My Soul," on which the Stones hijack R&B as only they can.

The Dead Weather

Sea of Cowards |

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ROCK

Between being in three bands-this one, the Raconteurs and, most famously, the White Stripes-and working with such artists as Loretta Lynn, Alicia Keys and Beck, Jack White has been one of the busiest men in rock. The second Dead Weather album comes just 10 months after the first. And while there is a tossed-off feel to this 35-minute set, it's another quality effort in the White discography. Dipping into blues, psychedelia and even funk at will, Sea is badass rock.

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Charice

Charice |

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POP

If ever one note could make an album, then it may be the very last one Charice-the YouTube phenom who just made her fourth appearance on Oprah-hits on her self-titled debut. Her big moment comes on the Diane Warren ballad "Note to God," which finds the 18-year-old Filipina reaching for the heavens, backed by a gospel choir. A powerhouse performance, it's the stuff of a young Celine, Whitney or Mariah. But Charice is torn between being a begowned diva and acting her age on songs like the Iyaz-assisted single "Pyramid," which sounds more like something off a Jordin Sparks CD.

Taio Cruz

Rokstarr |

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DANCE-POP

On his U.S. debut, Britain's Taio Cruz fails to break out any original dance-pop moves. There's little here to distinguish him from Jason Derulo or Jay Sean. But while he may lack real star quality, he does deliver on electro-infused grooves like "Dirty Picture" (featuring Ke$ha) and the No. 1 hit "Break Your Heart" (featuring Ludacris).

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>• If you weren't one of the lucky few who saw her up close and personal in New York last fall, One Night Only-Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard gives an intimate look.

>MEAT LOAF

Hang Cool Teddy Bear

Apparently Mr. Loaf is still cool, because there are plenty of guests hanging with him here, from Kara DioGuardi and Jack Black to the Darkness' Justin Hawkins. The result is cheesy fun.

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CHELY WRIGHT

Lifted Off the Ground

The big news is that Wright just came out. But the fine country-folk songs on this Rodney Crowell-produced album also deserve your attention.

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JOSH RITTER

So Runs the World Away

On his fifth full-lengther, this singer-songwriter serves up dreamy, folk-tinged tunes such as "See How Man Was Made" that provide a sweet escape.

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SONS OF SYLVIA

Revelation

As the Clark Brothers, these siblings won The Next Great American Band in 2007. No matter their name, their rootsy pop-rock is somewhat anonymous.

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>• The season 7 American Idol finalist, 26, fronts We Are the Fallen, a band with ex-Evanescence members.

ON BEING THE ONLY GIRL IN THE BAND

I'm used to it. My husband, Todd, and I own a tattoo shop, and there are all these big, tattooed dudes who make fun of (my Irish accent). It's the same with these guys, except they play instruments.

ON WHAT SHE'D CHANGE ABOUT HER IDOL PERFORMANCES

Sometimes I regret what I wore. Paula (Abdul) told me not to wear black, so I wore colors. I looked like a Christmas tree and was so uncomfortable.

ON PARTYING WITH CURRENT FINALIST MICHAEL LYNCHE

Big Mike sang at one of my dearest friends' wedding last Christmas in Times Square. We all went back to the hotel, and I did the conga around the room with him. I may have taken the mic away from him and started singing!

>• The Sea was already our favorite album of the year. But when this Brit played Webster Hall in Manhattan on May 3, she really had us in the palm of her delicate, gracefully extended hand.

>SADE continues her comeback in ever-mellow style with "Babyfather," the reggae-tinged new single from the No. 1 CD Soldier of Love. $1.29 at iTunes.com.

JET strips down with singer Nicole Atkins on an unplugged rendition of "Seventeen," a digital exclusive. $0.99 at iTunes.com.

EMINEM remains a fearsome force on "Not Afraid," the uplifting first single from Recovery, due June 22. $0.99 at amazon.com.

KAT DELUNA teams with Akon on the club jam "Push Push," from her upcoming second CD, Inside Out. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.

>• If you weren't one of the lucky few who saw her up close and personal in New York last fall, One Night Only—Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard gives an intimate look.

>MEAT LOAF

Hang Cool Teddy Bear

Apparently Mr. Loaf is still cool, because there are plenty of guests hanging with him here, from Kara DioGuardi and Jack Black to the Darkness' Justin Hawkins. The result is cheesy fun.

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CHELY WRIGHT

Lifted Off the Ground

The big news is that Wright just came out. But the fine country-folk songs on this Rodney Crowell-produced album also deserve your attention.

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JOSH RITTER

So Runs the World Away

On his fifth full-lengther, this singer-songwriter serves up dreamy, folk-tinged tunes such as "See How Man Was Made" that provide a sweet escape.

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SONS OF SYLVIA

Revelation

As the Clark Brothers, these siblings won The Next Great American Band in 2007. No matter their name, their rootsy pop-rock is somewhat anonymous.

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>• The season 7 American Idol finalist, 26, fronts We Are the Fallen, a band with ex-Evanescence members.

ON BEING THE ONLY GIRL IN THE BAND

I'm used to it. My husband, Todd, and I own a tattoo shop, and there are all these big, tattooed dudes who make fun of [my Irish accent]. It's the same with these guys, except they play instruments.

ON WHAT SHE'D CHANGE ABOUT HER IDOL PERFORMANCES

Sometimes I regret what I wore. Paula [Abdul] told me not to wear black, so I wore colors. I looked like a Christmas tree and was so uncomfortable.

ON PARTYING WITH CURRENT FINALIST MICHAEL LYNCHE

Big Mike sang at one of my dearest friends' wedding last Christmas in Times Square. We all went back to the hotel, and I did the conga around the room with him. I may have taken the mic away from him and started singing!

>• The Sea was already our favorite album of the year. But when this Brit played Webster Hall in Manhattan on May 3, she really had us in the palm of her delicate, gracefully extended hand.

>SADE continues her comeback in ever-mellow style with "Babyfather," the reggae-tinged new single from the No. 1 CD Soldier of Love. $1.29 at iTunes.com.

JET strips down with singer Nicole Atkins on an unplugged rendition of "Seventeen," a digital exclusive. $0.99 at iTunes.com.

EMINEM remains a fearsome force on "Not Afraid," the uplifting first single from Recovery, due June 22. $0.99 at amazon.com.

KAT DELUNA teams with Akon on the club jam "Push Push," from her upcoming second CD, Inside Out. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.