Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen
On this album recorded during the taping of an MTV concert, Jay-Z—backed by the hip-hop band the Roots and getting a vocal assist from Mary J. Blige—proves he is one of the most musical rappers around.
NUDE ON THE MOON: THE B-52'S ANTHOLOGY The B-52's (Rhino/Warner Bros.) Break out the hairspray! From "Rock Lobster" to "Love Shack," this two-disc set sums up the campy career of the Athens, Ga., outfit that brought back the beehive.
ORANGE COUNTY Soundtrack (Columbia) This sunny SoCal soundtrack features the Offspring, Lit, Foo Fighters and the Ohio trio 12 Rods, which rocks hilariously on "So Glad It's Over," a raucous bad-day anthem.