Buffett continues his love affair with the water on "Beautiful Swimmers" and "Surfing in a Hurricane." But he sinks with his wack attempt at rapping on "Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rosé."
On her second album, this Norwegian dance-pop diva evokes Kylie Minogue with cooler beats and a cheekier attitude on giddy tracks like "I Don't Like Your Band."
RICKIE LEE JONES
Balm in Gilead
The "Chuck E.'s in Love" singer soothes the soul on Balm. She makes like Billie Holiday on "The Moon Is Made of Gold," written by her dad.
Splendor in the Grass
Bringing the cabaret to your living room, this 13-member ensemble delights with jazzy ditties sung in English, French, Italian and Spanish.