Theresa Andersson, Hummingbird, Go! (Basin Street) Could this be the latest hair — or rather, heir — to Dusty Springfield's not-so-dusty blue-eyed soul diva throne, aided by Allen Toussaint, Ane Brun, and Sweden's Tobias Froberg?
Apollo Sunshine, Shall Noise Upon (World's Fair) Bad album titles happen to even imaginative psych-poppers.
Lila Downs, Shake Away (EMI/Manhattan) New York-Oaxaca singer-songwriter doffs the Frida drag and bares some Shakira-style midriff along with a lively pop sound.
Donnie Klang, Just a Rolling Stone (Bad Boy) Making the Band 4's broom-topped answer to Jon B and Justin T paraphrases Bobby D for the TRL set.
New Kids on the Block, The Block (Interscope) Old manager Lou Pearlman is going to prison, Donnie is headed for divorce court, and there are even rumors that one member is — gasp — nonheterosexual.
Underoath, Lost in the Sound of Separation (Tooth & Nail/Solid State) Rock me, sexy screamo Jesus-freaks.
UNKLE, End Titles ... Stories for Film (Surrender All) Say "UNKLE" like Black Mountain and Josh Homme want you to.
Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol) He reunites with Van Dyke Parks and takes a trip down memory's drag strip, covering Louis Armstrong and paying homage to SoCal.
Young Jeezy, The Recession (Def Jam) True dat. Producers like Eminem and Jazze Pha and contributors such as Kanye West and T-Pain feel Jeezy's, erm, pain.
Calexico, Carried to Dust (Touch and Go) Dusted but darn pretty. Whispery. Poppy.
Cornelius, Sensurround (Everloving) Keigo Oyamada, 3-D sound specialist, returns with a video-and-remix DVD/CD, aptly titled after a quake-imitating movie gimmick.
Kimya Dawson, Alphabutt (K) Everyone poops.
Michael Franti and Spearhead, All Rebel Rockers (Anti-/Epitaph) The SF activist stalwart spit-shines a spunky-fresh blend of dub and funk.
Fujiya and Miyagi, Lightbulbs (Deaf, Dumb & Blind) Fresh from car and Miller Lite commercials, the English kraut-rockers with the Japanese name(s).
Gym Class Heroes, The Quilt (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic) I hate gym.
Hatchback, Colours of the Sun (Lo) Dfa- and Prins Thomas–approved Sorcerer-buddy Sam Grawe sets the controls beyond cosmic into hypnotic with epic instrumental jams such as "White Diamond" and "Horizon."
Okkervil River, The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar) The sweet sequel to last year's novelistic The Stage Names.
Kardinal Offishall, Not 4 Sale (Geffen) The Clipse dispenses financial advice on "Set It Off."
Jessica Simpson, Do You Know? (Columbia Nashville) Huh?
The Sound of Animals Fighting, The Ocean and the Sun (Epitaph) A dreamy Animal Collective meets a mathier-than-thou Dillinger Escape Plan?
Emiliana Torrini, Me and Armini (Rough Trade) In The Two Towers (2002), the Icelandic songbird serenaded the gruesome-cute ring-a-ding-dinger with "Gollum's Song."
Tricky, Knowle West Boy (Domino) The 40-year-old boy sings the body eclectic.