Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 08/31/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/2009 01:00AM

>SMOKEY ROBINSON Time Flies When You're Having Fun Robinson can still create a quiet-storm mood even if some of the songs drag. Best is his sumptuous cover of Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why."

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BRENDAN BENSON My Old, Familiar Friend Making a solo detour from the Raconteurs, Benson displays some killer power-pop instincts. Take that, Jack White.

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MATT HIRES Take Us to The Start On the opening cut of his debut, Hires requests, "Honey, Let Me Sing You a Song." With his folky pop and aching croon, how could you deny him?

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THIRD EYE BLIND Ursa Major It's been six years since the last Third Eye Blind album, but don't expect any major developments from the pop-rockers. Still, this is a solid comeback effort.

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