Thank You Happy Birthday
These rockers unleash an animalistic fury on tracks like "Sabertooth Tiger" that pack a Nirvana-esque bite. But they also bring a hazy beauty to the softer stuff.
Calling All Hearts
On her fourth album, this R&B diva covers more matters of the heart. At times, though, her edges have been smoothed out a bit too much.
With Charlie Sexton producing the first of Brickell's two January releases-the other is with her band, the Gaddabouts-she does hubby Paul Simon proud.
As a country singer, Gwyneth Paltrow proves respectable but unremarkable. The real strength here lies in folks like Ronnie Dunn and Lee Ann Womack.