Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TV ON THE RADIO Dear Science
It must be something in the water in Brooklyn: First the Hold Steady and now TVOTR delivers one of the year's best alt-rock albums. Fun and funky, moody and groovy, this Science project is a winner on many levels.

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JENNY LEWIS Acid Tongue
After returning to Rilo Kiley last year, Lewis releases her second solo disc. Despite some help from M. Ward, Chris Robinson and Elvis Costello (on the kicking "Carpetbaggers"), the real allure of this eclectic affair is all her.

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JAMES TAYLOR Covers
As its title simply states, the latest from Sweet Baby James is a collection of remakes. Whether taking on country (Dixie Chicks, Glen Campbell) or classic R&B (the Temptations, the Spinners), he's a handy man.

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AMIE MIRIELLO I Came Around
From Sara Bareilles to Katy Perry, this has been a big year for the emergence of female singer-songwriters. With her bluesy, tangy voice and folk-meets-piano pop, Miriello is another one to watch.

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