Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BARRY MANILOW The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
After covering the '50s and the '60s on his last two CDs, Manilow is in his element—the '70s—on his latest. He brings a definite nostalgia—and cheese factor—to classics like "The Way We Were."

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QUEEN LATIFAH Trav'lin' Light
Latifah, who became a full-fledged singer on 2004's The Dana Owens Album, takes another trip down memory lane with a second set of jazz, R&B and pop covers. It's all very respectable but unremarkable.

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HARD-FI Once Upon a Time in the West
There's nothing on the second full-lengther from this British alt-rock quartet that can match last year's "Hard to Beat." Still, their '80s-spiked sounds are fun—if not always fresh—on tunes like "Television."

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Cole has notched a No. 1 R&B hit with the hip-hop soul jam "Let It Go." But it's ballads like the introspective title cut and a couple of Mary J.-esque midtempo tracks that get to the emotional heart of her second disc.

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