Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 01:00AM

PINK Funhouse
The pop-rocker turns her split from motocross racer Carey Hart into plenty of listening pleasure on Funhouse. She's badass one minute (the No. 1 single "So What"), vulnerable the next (the heartfelt ballad "I Don't Believe You").

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T.I. Paper Trail
For this rap star, spending five months under house arrest on weapons charges clearly provided a creative shot in the arm. Led by the No. 1 hits "Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life," it's a near-perfect hip-hop CD for 2008.

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KEANE Perfect Symmetry
On their third album these moody dudes actually sound like they're having fun with the bouncy, '80s-inspired dance-pop of tracks like the first single, "Spiralling," and the totally Wham!-esque "Better than This."

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ROBIN THICKE Something Else
Thicke, the most soulful white guy on the planet, continues to defy color barriers on one of the year's best R&B discs. He takes you on a plush magic-carpet ride back to the golden age of '70s soul.

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