Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 06/16/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/16/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BRET MICHAELS Rock My World

Synergy is at play on the third solo disc from the Poison frontman: First single "Go That Far" was the theme song for his VH1 show Rock of Love. Like the series, this album can be trashy fun, but that's about it.

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MONTGOMERY GENTRY Back When I Knew It All

This country duo may not get as much love as Brooks & Dunn, but they make festive, feel-good music like "I Pick My Parties" (featuring Toby Keith). You'll forget about it as soon as the CD is over, though.

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AIMEE MANN @#%&*! Smilers

Trends may come and go, but real artists, like this singer-songwriter, remain. On this evocative, well-crafted collection, highlights include the breezy "Freeway" and the bouncy "31 Today."

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SERGIO MENDES Encanto
Mendes' last disc, 2006's Timeless, gave a fresh spin on his Brazilian music with guests like Justin Timberlake. The novelty has worn off a bit for this sequel, with Fergie, Natalie Cole and Juanes, but it's still fun.

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