Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

JONI MITCHELL Shine
Following Paul McCartney, Mitchell is the latest pop deity to release a CD on the new Starbucks label, Hear Music. And Shine's reflections on planet Earth will give you plenty to think about over your pumpkin spice latte.

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SOULJA BOY TELL'EM Souljaboy tellem.com
An Internet phenomenon, this 17-year-old rapper named his debut disc after his Web site. But despite a No. 1 hit, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," there's little to suggest he's more than the flavor of the month.

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THE LAST GOODNIGHT Poison Kiss
Whether they're pilfering a title from the Cure (the single "Pictures of You") or coming off as a pale version of Maroon 5 ("Back Where We Belong"), these VH1 pop-rockers don't win many points for originality.

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RAUL MIDÓN A World Within a World
This blind singer-guitarist—who can also perfectly mimic a trumpet with his voice—brings to mind a male India.Arie with his breezy, uplifting soul-pop on tracks like first single "Pick Somebody Up."

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