Picks and Pans Review: The Irish Invasion

updated 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• Yes, U2's got a new album, but they're not the only act bringing a bit o' Irish to the States this St. Patrick's Day.

THE SCRIPT They have a self-titled debut, out March 17.

Their sound: Pop-rock with a little Maroon 5, a little R&B and a lot of fresh melodies.

Why listen? They debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and were recently named VH1 You Oughta Know artists.

LISA HANNIGAN Sea Sew, her solo debut, is out now.

Her sound: Sweet and smoky; a folky Sinéad.

Why listen? Her captivating vocals stole attention away from Damien Rice during her years singing background for her fellow Irishman.

THE ANSWER Everyday Demons, their U.S. debut, is due March 31.

Their sound: Bad-boy hard rock.

Why listen? Rolling Stone touted them as "Rock Gods in Training" in last December's Hot Issue, and they've opened for AC/DC.

BELL X1 Blue Lights on the Runway, their latest CD, is out now.

Their sound: Smooth rock, with a hint of melancholy on some tracks.

Why listen? They've made the playlists of both The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy.

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