Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/2006 01:00AM

Ben Harper, Both Sides of the Gun

A potent double disc showcases two distinct sides of the singer-songwriter: On the funky half, he fires up his political and social consciousness. On the folky half, he takes aim at affairs of the heart.

Rhett Miller, The Believer

On his second solo album, Miller comes across as Ryan Adams with better hooks. His winning blend of pop charm, rock attitude and country heart will make a believer out of anyone.

Teddy Geiger, Underage Thinking

This 17-year-old heartthrob displays a talent far beyond his age on a first-rate pop CD that should win over fans of both Jesse McCartney and John Mayer.

Ray Davies, Other People's Lives

The former frontman of the Kinks shows that he can still really get you. His first official solo disc boasts wry, well-sketched observations on Other People's Lives.

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