Coming off like a cross between Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and a fembot member of OutKast, Monae makes a genre-defying debut that embraces the freak in all of us.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Stone Temple Pilots
Roaring back with their first all-new album since 2001, these grunge rockers get our early pick for comeback of the year.
THE ROLLING STONES
Exile on Main St.
This deluxe, two-disc reissue shines new light on gems like "Tumbling Dice" and unearths buried treasure with 10 bonus tracks.
COURT YARD HOUNDS
Court Yard Hounds
Dixie Chick sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire prove that they can fly sans Natalie Maines, with Robison taking the lead.