Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

B.B. KING One Kind Favor
At 82, the blues king still digs deep to soulfully cover songs of his heroes such as John Lee Hooker and Lemon Jefferson with a horn-driven, all-star band including pianist Dr. John.

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The folk-pop singer's new album seamlessly pairs her original music with previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics. Brooke reigns supreme on the touching love song "King of My Heart."

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DONNIE KLANG Just a Rolling Stone
It's an uneven debut for Klang, a winner of Diddy's reality show Making the Band 4, mainly because overproduction stifles his Justin-esque vocals. But he manages to break free on the bonus track "Beautiful Escape."

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The singer-songwriter's angelic voice and sharp lyrics make this versatile set of folk, rock and alternative songs a compelling listen. One standout? "Here to There," a country-tinged musing on the meaning of life.

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