It might seem like a stretch to release a concert album (available only at Target) after just two studio discs, but on the strength of Get Lifted and Once Again, this not-so-ordinary artist really comes to life.
WILLIE NELSON Moment of Forever
He lassoed Ryan Adams to work on 2006's Songbird. Now Nelson saddles up with coproducer Kenny Chesney on originals and covers (like "Worry B Gone," a duet with Chesney) with a timeless appeal.
IDINA MENZEL I Stand
She won a Tony for Wicked, but on her second album, Menzel hardly shows the goods to nab a Grammy. While respectable, she fails to truly stand out on pop ballads that give one new appreciation for Celine Dion.
RINGO STARR Liverpool 8
After all these years, he still suffers from the curse of the drummer—he's not much of a singer. But who can begrudge the 67-year-old Beatle if he wants to warble charming, cheerful ditties like the nostalgic title cut?