Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 01/17/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/2011 01:00AM

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX

Farmer's Daughter

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.

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KERI HILSON

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.

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RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS

III/IV

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.

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JUANES

P.A.R.C.E.

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.

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-REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD AND JESSICA HERNDON

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