Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

UPDATED 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT


See My Friends

The British Invader enlists some impressive pals-from Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams to Jackson Browne and Metallica-in revamping Kinks faves. The coolest collaboration is with Mumford & Sons on "Days/This Time Tomorrow."

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Original Soundtrack

While Jamie Foxx, will.i.am and Taio Cruz don't exactly come to mind when you think of Brazilian music, there's some real cred here from Bebel Gilberto, Carlinhos Brown and Sergio Mendes, who performs and serves as producer.

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At 80 minutes, the latest from the Doggfather feels about as long as The Godfather Part II. The interminable length-and endless parade of guests-make it tough to weed out the good songs, such as "Eyez Closed" featuring Kanye West and John Legend.

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Blood Pressures

The White Stripes may be over, but the spirit of Jack and Meg is still alive in this boy-girl blues-punk duo. Highlights of their fourth album include the thumping "Heart Is a Beating Drum" and "The Last Goodbye," an aching, country-tinged waltz.

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