Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

UPDATED 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

Juelz Santana, What the Game's Been Missing! On his sophomore CD this Harlem emcee steps out of mentor Cam'ron's shadow by backing up his boasts and rocking the clubs with jams like “There It Go (The Whistle Song).”

Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack Like intertwined lovers, the wonderful soundtrack to the gay cowboy romance perfectly weaves the evocative score with rootsy songs, new and old, from the film.

Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough Having kicked the drama to the curb, the now happily married Blige testifies with gospel fervor about the power of real love on tracks like the Aretha-esque “I Found My Everything.”

My Morning Jacket, Z Making a sonic leap from its previous work, My Morning Jacket expands beyond jam-heavy southern rock with genre-defying gusto, earning Z an A.

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