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

originally published 04/18/2011 01:00AM

SUM 41

Screaming Bloody Murder

Divorce sure can be a bummer: First Avril Lavigne ditches the fun on her latest; now ex-husband Deryck Whibley leads Sum 41 into heavier territory, attempting to pull a Green Day. But despite a plodding midsection, all is not lost.

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CRAIG CAMPBELL

Craig Campbell

On a winning country debut, this Georgian displays a rich baritone and a witty way with a pen on tunes like the sly "I Bought It" and the suggestive "Fish." Elsewhere, songs such as the ballad single "Family Man" will hit you right at home.

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MANDISA

What If We Were Real

Like fellow American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, Mandisa has recently lost a ton of weight, shedding some 100 lbs. Her pipes, though, remain hefty on this inspirational album. But it can get too pop: Take it to church, Mandisa!

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RICHARD ASHCROFT

United Nations of Sound

The Verve frontman hooks up with hip-hop producer No I.D. (Jay-Z, Kanye West) on his fourth solo album. While tracks like "America" pack more thump-and even funk-the sounds run out of steam toward the end.

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