Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 12/21/2009 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/21/2009 at 01:00 AM EST


The State vs. Radric Davis

In a case of real-life street drama, the rapper born Radric Davis is in jail for a probation violation as his major-label debut—featuring guests like Lil Wayne, Usher and Keyshia Cole—arrives.

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Sara Smile

It's fitting that the country crooner covers Hall & Oates (on the title tune featuring the duo) because he colors his third album with hues of blue-eyed soul.

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Stir the Blood

This alt-rock band's '80s nostalgia act may be getting a little old. But their mix of the Cure, Joy Division and New Order can still rouse.

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From an old-school R&B singer like Stone, it's indeed unexpected when you hear what sounds like Auto-Tune here. Thankfully, it's only on one song.

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