Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>JESSE HARRIS Watching the Sky Another disc, another fine effort from this underappreciated singer-songwriter, who continues to deliver on subtle pleasures like the breezy horns on the title track and a guest turn from Norah Jones.

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL Easy Come, Easy Go Leave it to old Faithfull to come up with one of the coolest collections of covers we've heard lately. The guests (Keith Richards, Rufus Wainwright) are as eclectic as the material (Billie Holiday, Morrissey).

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J. HOLIDAY Round 2 This R&B singer is coming off a Grammy nomination for his gold debut, Back of My Lac'. On the follow-up there are some solid smoothies, such as "Fall," but he still mostly comes off like the poor man's Ne-Yo.

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LIVING THINGS Habeas Corpus Nothing like a little Latin to make you think a rock band is getting all highfalutin' on you. But things are pretty routine from this quartet with three brothers—though nowhere near as good as the JoBros.

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