Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>GREEN DAY 21st Century Breakdown Another concept album, this feels like American Idiot 2.0. Looking to the classics—the Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Who—they just may have succeeded in making a record that will still be played in the 22nd century.

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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King Spiritual and spirited, this disc serves as an emotionally and musically rich send-off to that great shed in the sky for DMB saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died last August.

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EMINEM Relapse On this comeback CD, Em spits in gripping detail about his addiction to prescription pills. Also from the dark side are tales of serial killers and child-molesting stepfathers, with Dr. Dre back supplying the menacing beats.

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BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7 White Lies for Dark Times A new backup band seems to have energized Harper, from the Hendrixian rock of "Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)" to the Stonesy soul of "Lay There & Hate Me."

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