Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 12/07/2009 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/07/2009 at 01:00 AM EST


From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion

Adopting the hip-hop persona of Toussaint St. Jean, the former Fugee attempts to reclaim some street cred. So why collaborate with Cyndi Lauper?

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Waking Up

There's nothing here as memorable as their big hit "Apologize" or hits leader Ryan Tedder has made for stars like Beyoncé. Still, it's a solid set of atmospheric pop-rock.

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After taking on Motown gems, the old-school R&B crooners get eclectic on another disc of harmony-rich remakes. Best is their a cappella rendition of "Time After Time."

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Natural Forces

The first Mr. Julia Roberts covers Texas tunesmiths like Townes Van Zandt ("Loretta") and delivers originals like the quietly forceful title song in fine style.

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