Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

updated 02/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/14/2011 01:00AM

GREGG ALLMAN

Low Country Blues

Working with ace producer T Bone Burnett, this founding member of the Allman Brothers Band brings a grizzled grit to this collection of traditional blues tunes. The results are reliably rootsy if not revelatory.

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COLD WAR KIDS

Mine Is Yours

For their third studio album, these SoCal indie rockers recruited Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King. Tracks like "Skip the Charades" boast a KOL-esque vibe, while "Sensitive Kid" is surprisingly soulful and funky.

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AMOS LEE

Mission Bell

"All my best days are behind me now," sings Lee on "Behind Me Now." But as demonstrated by that aching ballad, the singer-songwriter may be getting even better on his fourth album, deftly mixing folk, country, R&B, blues and gospel.

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THE JANEDEAR GIRLS

the JaneDear girls

Ever wonder what Big & Rich might sound like if they were two Taylor Swift types? Check out the John Rich-produced debut from these ACM nominees for Top New Vocal Duo or Group.

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