Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 11/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST


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.

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Attention Deficit

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).

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ParaĆ­so Express

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.

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