Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 10/05/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/05/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT


So Far Gone

As anticipation builds for his debut album, due early next year, the breakout hip-hopper drops an EP featuring the hits "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful," and the soulful, soul-baring "Fear."

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Draw the Line

The British singer-songwriter returns with his folk-tinged tunes and Dylanesque vocals. While Gray is still good for a rainy-day mood, few songs really stick with you.

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The Resistance

Led by the fist-pumping hit "Uprising," Muse's latest starts strongly, but the alt-rockers end up succumbing to histrionics, including a three-part "symphony."

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Happy Hour

You can't knock Kid Rock's ex-deejay for "Smile," the infectiously upbeat single. But the rest of Happy Hour would go down better after a few 2-for-1's.

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