Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

UPDATED 01/21/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/21/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

RADIOHEAD In Rainbows
After being available for pay-what-you-want download from the band's Web site last fall, Radiohead's brilliant new album is finally out on CD for you old-schoolers. (You can also now download it from iTunes.)

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MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains
Three things you can count on: death, taxes and good Mary J. Blige albums. And from the killer dance groove "Just Fine" to the hauntingly melancholy "Fade Away," her latest is often better than good.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
With Johnny Depp warbling effectively in the title role, this soundtrack, in vivid fashion, plays like a grand night at the theater. Edward Sanders' choirboy croon on the heartwarming "Not While I'm Around" will melt you.

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ALICE SMITH For Lovers, Dreamers & Me
Overlooked in the rash of big fall releases, the impressive debut from this neo-soul artist—a cross between Alicia Keys and Corinne Bailey Rae, with a bit of India.Arie for good measure—is worth seeking out.

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