Picks and Pans Review: People's Choice
•IMPERIAL BEDROOM—Elvis Costello. The quirky British rocker takes another surprising turn—this one to the more formal.
•BOBBY MCFERRIN—An innovative young singer brings a couple of dozen new voices to jazz, and they're all his.
•RAVEL: MIROIRS, LA VALSE, SONATINE—Ruth Laredo. The sensitive pianist offers beguilingly different versions of three of the composer's more familiar works.
•A TASTE OF YESTERDAY'S WINE—Merle Haggard and George Jones. No odd-couple jokes; this match was made in honky-tonk heaven.
•UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN—X. The L.A. punk band is experimental and exceptional.
•VACATION—The Go-Go's. The good-time gals pack up their early reputation and carry it off to even greater heights.
•WALK ON—Karen Brooks. Emmylou, Juice, Nicolette, watch out; here's a dazzling new country-pop pretender.