Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 08/02/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/02/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

JERROD NIEMANN

Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury

Forget the skits, it's the songs that really matter on this country singer's major-label debut. Standouts include the drinking song "How Can I Be So Thirsty."

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BRET MICHAELS

Custom Built

"I'm living for today," sings Michaels, still rocking on after his April brain hemorrhage. He also veers into country and, yes, electro-dance, with mixed results.

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DESPICABLE ME

Original Soundtrack

In addition to handling most of the production, Pharrell takes the lead on four tracks, including the title tune. You won't hate it, but you won't love it.

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KENNY G

Heart and Soul

The veteran sax man enlists soulful crooners Babyface and Robin Thicke for this CD's highlights: "No Place Like Home" and "Fall Again," respectively.

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