Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

DAVID GRAY

Foundling

After stumbling a bit on his last outing, 2009's Draw the Line, this British singer-songwriter quickly finds his footing again with an evocative, folk-inflected album in which you can lose yourself.

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KEM

Intimacy

This R&B singer continues to cater to the grown folks on his third studio effort. While all the lushness sets a candlelight mood, it can get too smooth for its own good.

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ELI "PAPERBOY" REED

Come and Get It!

On his major-label debut, this Brooklynite joins the retro-soul movement. But this too often comes off like the Blues Brothers.

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SHANNON WHITWORTH

Water Bound

With a soothing, understated style that dips into country, folk, blues and pop, this singer-songwriter keeps it flowing nicely on her second album.

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