The Oscar winner has performed respectably enough as a singer to avoid invoking Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time." But this is hardly in the same R&B league as recent CDs by Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo and John Legend.
DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
These two go way back, with Eno having served as an early Talking Heads producer, and they remain kindred art-pop craftsmen on their second album as a duo.
THE PRIESTS The Priests
How to tell this classical vocal group from Il Divo: Instead of a GQ shot on the cover of their debut, there's simply a cross. These Roman Catholic priests from Ireland will keep the spirit of the holidays going into the new year.
MARCUS GOLDHABER Take Me Anywhere
On a dazzling collection of cool, jazzy love songs—some of them standards, some new—Goldhaber (with the Jon Davis Trio) will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next, and loving every note.