The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy
After his Big & Rich cohort John Rich failed to impress on Son of a Preacher Man earlier this year, Big Kenny, on his second solo album, comes up short too.
Weezy meets Weezer when Lil Wayne joins Rivers Cuomo's crew on "Can't Stop Partying." Like much of this CD, the song is power-pop fun but wouldn't qualify as rad.
With help from Lady Gaga, Pharrell and Jazmine Sullivan, this D.C. emcee demands your attention on 2009's second-best hip-hop debut (after Kid Cudi).
On the highlight of his latest, the bilingual hit "Looking for Paradise," Spain's 14-time Latin Grammy winner finds pop bliss with Alicia Keys.