From her cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" to the dewy "Mason," cowritten with husband Brian Walker, the Idol's debut is prime rootsy-pop.
No Boys Allowed
Fellas like Kanye West and Chris Brown are allowed on Hilson's fierce second album, which features rapturous beats and sexy R&B stingers.
RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS
While there is some filler on this rock-edged double album of outtakes from 2007's Easy Tiger, most of these leftovers still pack bite.
This hombre displays a knack for rock and rhythm on "Yerbatero," the Colombian's seventh No. 1 Latin single. But he's sweet with a pop ballad too.
-REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD AND JESSICA HERNDON