HOOBASTANK For(n)ever They may still have one of the worst band names in history, but with some sturdy (if straightforward) rockers and ballads, the dudes behind the 2004 hit "The Reason" avoid making a stinker out of their fourth studio album.
HEATHER HEADLEY Audience of One After two R&B CDs, the Tony-winner plays to the gospel crowd. Clearly, this preacher's daughter can move the spirit with her glorious pipes. Best is an inspired remake of Lionel Richie's "Jesus Is Love."
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Merriweather Post Pavilion This experimental outfit creates an atmospheric soundscape, with vocal arrangements that transport you to an otherworldly place on songs like "My Girls." For a really trippy ride, play with headphones.