Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

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

originally published 11/30/2009 01:00AM

>BIG KENNY

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.

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WEEZER

Raditude

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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WALE

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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ALEJANDRO SANZ

Paraíso 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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