Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 04/06/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/06/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

>GAVIN DEGRAW Free Liberated from the pressure of making a proper follow-up to last year's Gavin DeGraw, the singer-songwriter gets back to his soulful essence on this simple, stripped-down collection of early and new songs.

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INDIGO GIRLS Poseidon and the Bitter Bug A two-CD set gives songs band arrangements on one disc and acoustic takes on the other. Since it's not like they ever go headbanging, it's a bit of overkill. The good tunes shine through either way.

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MANDISA Freedom This American Idol also-ran from season 5 has carved out a nice niche for herself as a contemporary gospel artist. She follows up her Grammy-nominated debut with another disc that makes you rethink that ninth-place finish.

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AN HORSE Rearrange Beds Singer-guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox make fine bedfellows on the debut from this Aussie duo. Scrappy and catchy, they stay true to the indie-rock spirit on choice cuts like "Scared as F---."

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