Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 10/20/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/20/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

VAL EMMICH Little Daggers
Emmich—who joined the cast of Ugly Betty this season as Betty's musician neighbor—shows that he's the real deal on his sixth album. This collection of acoustic-based pop has its little charms. Betty probably couldn't resist.

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DEMI LOVATO Don't Forget
It pays to have friends like the Jonas Brothers: On Lovato's debut the Camp Rock-er gets some help from her costars, who cowrote six songs with her. At its best, it's a cross between the Jonases and Miley Cyrus.

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Nashville has been kind to American Idol also-rans, from Josh Gracin to Kellie Pickler. While Cook—seventh last season—manages to not embarrass herself, her debut certainly won't have Carrie Underwood worried.

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JAMES MORRISON Songs for You, Truths for Me
Despite its success in his native U.K., Morrison's debut Undiscovered was more like Unappreciated in the States. But these soul-pop Songs with shades of blues deserve to be heard.

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