The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |

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ALT-ROCK

A new Twilight soundtrack is greeted with as much drooling anticipation as the prospect of seeing Taylor Lautner's abs. After the platinum-plus success of the first two CDs, the companion to Eclipse (which hits theaters June 30) does not disappoint. It's another who's who of cool, with alternative acts like Vampire Weekend, the Dead Weather and Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green snagging coveted spots. Muse, featured on both previous Twilight discs, returns with the galactic first single, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)," while Beck finds his own Bella in Bat for Lashes on the trippy "Let's Get Lost." Two other ladies provide highlights: Sia on the romantic "My Love" and Florence + the Machine on the haunting "Heavy in Your Arms."

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Mojo |

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CRITIC'S CHOICE

BLUES-ROCK

Few bands have sounded happier about getting the blues than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, reunited for their first CD together since 2002's The Last DJ (following Petty's 2006 solo outing, Highway Companion). You can practically imagine these old-timers doing a jig on cuts like the frisky "Let Yourself Go" and the strutting "Running Man's Bible." There is a loose, live vibe to it all that makes you feel like you just stumbled into some juke joint. They also veer toward country ("No Reason to Cry") and reggae ("Don't Pull Me Over") without missing a beat.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "First Flash of Freedom," a psychedelic ballad

Sarah McLachlan

Laws of Illusion |

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POP

Just as Lilith Fair returns this summer, the tour's founder Sarah McLachlan reemerges with her first album of new material since 2003. And while nothing much has changed in seven years-or, for that matter, 13 years, if you go back to her 1997 smash Surfacing-her female flock won't care: They've got their goddess back. Reclining on a crescent moon on the CD cover, McLachlan is still an ethereal presence who casts a soft, warm glow on these tunes, from the atmospheric opener "Awakenings" to the irresistibly breezy single "Loving You Is Easy."

DOWNLOAD THIS: "Forgiveness," a bittersweet breakup ballad

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CLAY AIKEN

Tried & True

Aiken was always more of a '50s pop crooner, so these standards, such as "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," play well to his strengths. But he lacks the panache of, say, Michael Buble. (Sorry, Claymates.)

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KAREN ELSON

The Ghost Who Walks

This British model turned singer also happens to be Mrs. Jack White. Her husband serves as producer-drummer for her moody, eclectic debut.

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PAUL WELLER

Wake Up the Nation

The latest from the Brit pop god-with 16 cuts in just 40 minutes-is uneven. But at its best, as on the soulful "Aim High," it's rousing stuff.

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THE FUTUREHEADS

The Chaos

On their fourth album, these alt-rockers keep it frenetic from start to finish with cuts like "Heartbeat Song," which lifts a bit from "Born to Run."

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Robert Smith's gloomy gang put it all together on 1989's Disintegration, which featured the hits "Fascination Street," "Lovesong," "Lullaby" and "Pictures of You" as well as some achingly good non-single tracks. In addition to the remastered original, this deluxe three-disc reissue includes a CD of rarities and a live performance of the entire album.

MY FAVE U.K. HITS

The Brit, 27, who hit No. 1 with "Break Your Heart," lists his picks from the U.K.'s Top 40.

RIHANNA, "TE AMO"

It's got a nice sway; feels like summer. And it's got a good concept about a girl falling in love with a girl.

TINIE TEMPAH, "PASS OUT"

It's a cool juxtaposition of electro and hip-hop. The beat's insane.

ROLL DEEP, "GOOD TIMES"

The verses are actually very similar to "Break Your Heart."

DIZZEE RASCAL, "DIRTEE DISCO"

A fun dance record.

ALICIA KEYS, "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND (PART II) BROKEN DOWN"

Alicia's voice! What else can I say?

SCISSOR SISTERS display shades of Depeche Mode on "Invisible Light," which previews their third CD, Night Work, out June 29. $0.99 at iTunes.com.

LADY GAGA keeps her heel-less platforms firmly in the clubs on the exhilarating Sounds of Arrows Remix of her latest single, "Alejandro." $0.99 at amazon.com.

TRACE ADKINS delivers a soulful serenade on "This Ain't No Love Song," from the country star's ninth studio disc, Cowboy's Back in Town, due Aug. 24. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.

Get your feet-and spirit-kicking for the soccer tourney (starting June 11 in South Africa) with these tunes.

SHAKIRA, "WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)"

Just try to resist shaking your hips to the percussive beats of the official World Cup song.

JUANES, "YERBATERO"

Premiering his latest at the Johannesburg kick-off concert, the Latin star scores with rock and rhythm.

R. KELLY, "SIGN OF A VICTORY"

Kelly's in "I Believe I Can Fly" mode on this inspirational ballad.

K'NAAN, "WAVIN' FLAG"

Heard in Coke's World Cup campaign, this spreads international pride.

>CLAY AIKEN

Tried & True

Aiken was always more of a '50s pop crooner, so these standards, such as "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," play well to his strengths. But he lacks the panache of, say, Michael Bublé. (Sorry, Claymates.) [

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KAREN ELSON

The Ghost Who Walks

This British model turned singer also happens to be Mrs. Jack White. Her husband serves as producer-drummer for her moody, eclectic debut. [

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]

PAUL WELLER

Wake Up the Nation

The latest from the Brit pop god—with 16 cuts in just 40 minutes—is uneven. But at its best, as on the soulful "Aim High," it's rousing stuff. [

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]

THE FUTUREHEADS

The Chaos

On their fourth album, these alt-rockers keep it frenetic from start to finish with cuts like "Heartbeat Song," which lifts a bit from "Born to Run." [

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]

>• Robert Smith's gloomy gang put it all together on 1989's Disintegration, which featured the hits "Fascination Street," "Lovesong," "Lullaby" and "Pictures of You" as well as some achingly good non-single tracks. In addition to the remastered original, this deluxe three-disc reissue includes a CD of rarities and a live performance of the entire album.

>MY FAVE U.K. HITS

• The Brit, 27, who hit No. 1 with "Break Your Heart," lists his picks from the U.K.'s Top 40.

RIHANNA, "TE AMO"

It's got a nice sway; feels like summer. And it's got a good concept about a girl falling in love with a girl.

TINIE TEMPAH, "PASS OUT"

It's a cool juxtaposition of electro and hip-hop. The beat's insane.

ROLL DEEP, "GOOD TIMES"

The verses are actually very similar to "Break Your Heart."

DIZZEE RASCAL, "DIRTEE DISCO"

A fun dance record.

ALICIA KEYS, "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND (PART II) BROKEN DOWN"

Alicia's voice! What else can I say?

>SCISSOR SISTERS display shades of Depeche Mode on "Invisible Light," which previews their third CD, Night Work, out June 29. $0.99 at iTunes.com.

LADY GAGA keeps her heel-less platforms firmly in the clubs on the exhilarating Sounds of Arrows Remix of her latest single, "Alejandro." $0.99 at amazon.com.

TRACE ADKINS delivers a soulful serenade on "This Ain't No Love Song," from the country star's ninth studio disc, Cowboy's Back in Town, due Aug. 24. $0.99 at rhapsody.com.

>• Get your feet—and spirit—kicking for the soccer tourney (starting June 11 in South Africa) with these tunes.

SHAKIRA, "WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)"

Just try to resist shaking your hips to the percussive beats of the official World Cup song.

JUANES, "YERBATERO"

Premiering his latest at the Johannesburg kick-off concert, the Latin star scores with rock and rhythm.

R. KELLY, "SIGN OF A VICTORY"

Kelly's in "I Believe I Can Fly" mode on this inspirational ballad.

K'NAAN, "WAVIN' FLAG"

Heard in Coke's World Cup campaign, this spreads international pride.