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updated 04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/28/2008 01:00AM

JAMES OTTO Sunset Man It helps to be connected: This member of Nashville's MuzikMafia gets production from Big & Rich's John Rich and Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus on his debut. And the winning results include the country hit "Just Got Started Lovin' You." [

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JUSTIN NOZUKA Holly John Mayer should start looking over his shoulder: This 19-year-old impresses with the acoustic pop-soul on his debut. Best include the breakup ballad "Supposed to Grow Old" and the bluesy first single "After Tonight." [

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DIANNE REEVES When You Know The Grammy-winning jazz chanteuse warmly covers love's ups and downs on this collection featuring everything from classic Motown and Brazilian gems to '70s soul (a fresh take on Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"). [

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FLOGGING MOLLY Float This septet was founded in L.A., but it is fronted by Dublin-born Dave King—which helps explain the Celtic-flavored rock on Float. Tracks like the ripping "You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me" will have you bursting into a jig. [

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