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updated 04/18/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/18/2011 01:00AM

CRITIC'S CHOICE!

Wiz Khalifa

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HIP-HOP

"The world turneth/The weed burneth," rhymes Wiz Khalifa, just in case you didn't get the title of his major-label debut. Not since Snoop back in the day has a rapper extolled the joys of marijuana like this. Cuts like the up-all-night party jam "No Sleep" come floating in on a cloud of pot smoke. But you don't have to be under the influence to get into this smooth-rolling set. Also celebrating his rise to fame-and the other kind of paper it has brought him-Wiz casts a spell on tracks like "The Race," the mellow, mood-lifting highlight.

Robbie Robertson

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BLUES-ROCK

It's been 13 years since his last solo album, but Robbie Robertson returns with his seductive powers in full effect. Among the guests are Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor and Eric Clapton, who plays guitar on "This Is Where I Get Off" (about Robertson's departure from the Band in 1976) and cowrote three other songs, including the soulful standout "Fear of Falling." But judging from these tunes, Robertson doesn't have to worry about that.

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