Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>MARILYN MANSON The High End of Low If you thought that MM might have finally learned to let a smile be his umbrella, think again. He's still rock's prince of darkness, but even he struggles to sustain high-quality gloom over 72-plus minutes.

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BUSTA RHYMES Back on My B.S. One of hip-hop's real characters, Busta always brings a supersize personality to his albums. To go along with that, he's got some hot beats and some hot guest stars, like T.I., T-Pain and Lil Wayne.

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PARACHUTE Losing Sleep Everything glides by smoothly (if safely) on this CW-friendly quintet's pop-rock debut, which hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart. Some of these songs just may even cause Maroon 5 and Jonas Brothers to lose a few winks.

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RYAN BINGHAM Roadhouse Sun This Texas troubadour can bring to mind a gravelly-voiced version of another Ryan: Adams. But there are also traces of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan (see "Dylan's Hard Rain") along this rootsy road.

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