Roseanne Cash The List (Ultra/EMI) Covers of songs that her dad said were important.
The Clientele Bonfires on the Heath (Merge) Songs that jingle-jangle-jingle.
Lita Ford Wicked Wonderland (JLRG Entertainment) Bow down as the queen of hair metal returns.
The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa (Green Owl/ILG) M.I.A. and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend contribute guest vox to this eagerly-awaited club stormer.
Patrick Cowley and Jorge Socarras Catholic (Macro) Amazing found album by Sylvester collaborator Cowley is set to start an Arthur Russell-like revival.
Echo and the Bunnymen The Fountain (Cooking Vinyl) Comeback time.
The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam) I'll never get over how they got over.
Shakira She Wolf (Epic) Still kooky, still raking in millions.
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down Know Better Learn Faster (Kill Rock Stars) Wise words and sharp sounds.
Atlas Sound Logos (Kranky) Another one by Bradford Cox's side project, which many prefer to Deerhunter.
Themselves CrownsDown (Anticon) Six years since their last one and ten years since their debut.
Cobra Killer Uppers & Downers (Monika) These crazy, funny chicks from Germany sure know how sample the Monks. Love them or lose.
Train Save Me, San Francisco (Columbia) If you insist?
Sean Lennon Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (Capitol) A soundtrack to the zombie comedy. Weird guest appearances: Jeremy Sisto and Kool Keith.
Fuckpony Let the Love Flow (Bpitch Control) Good old dirty house music.
Annie Don't Stop (Smalltown Supersound) The Norwegian pop princess jumps to another label for her long-awaited second album.
dj/Rupture and Matt Shadetek Solar Life Raft (The Agriculture) Mix maestros unite.
Mary J. Blige Stronger (Geffen) Stronger, no doubt. But more relaxed and singing in a lower key, one hopes.