Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 11/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 11/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

DARIUS RUCKER

Charleston, SC 1966

On his second country outing, which includes the regretful hit "Come Back Song," Rucker proves that 2008's Learn to Live was no fluke. He can leave Hootie behind him now.

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JOSHUA RADIN

The Rock and the Tide

There's nothing here that hasn't been done better by John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Damien Rice. Still, Rock is solid sensitive-male stuff.

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BIG TIME RUSH

BTR

Propelled from the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, this boy band is more Backstreet/'N Sync than JoBros but can't approach the best of any of them.

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FISTFUL OF MERCY

As I Call You Down

A new supergroup featuring Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harrison (George's son) casts a hazy beauty on these folky tunes.

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