Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 04/14/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/14/2008 01:00AM

TINA DICO Count to Ten
From the haunting introspection of the title track to the heartache-on-her-sleeve balladry of "Cruel to the Sensitive Kind," there are countless reasons to appreciate this Danish-born, British-based singer-songwriter.

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FERRAS Aliens & Rainbows
The new piano man on the scene comes off like a baby Elton on songs like "Hollywood's Not America," the American Idol-boosted first single. But Rainbows also displays shades of Coldplay and even Hall & Oates.

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VAN MORRISON Keep It Simple
"Soul is not the color of your skin/ Soul is the essence ... from within," sings Morrison on his latest. And as these bluesy tunes demonstrate, he's still one of the most soulful white dudes on the planet.

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PLAYRADIOPLAY! Texas
PRP is basically Daniel Hunter, an 18-year-old from Aledo, Texas, who sounds as if he grew up on '80s radio. On the MySpace phenom's full-length debut, his new-wavish noodling goes from charming to cheesy.

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