Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 02/25/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/25/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

On their debut album these four recent Columbia University grads make ultracatchy college rock like "Campus." They also get high marks for quirkiness, integrating strings, African textures and a bit o' Irish.

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K.D. Lang Watershed
With a voice that is decadently rich and lush, Lang delivers both torch and twang on her first album of original material since 2000. Warmly rendered tunes like "Shadow and the Frame" are perfect for curling up by the fireplace.

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