Josh Joplin Group The Future What Was: One of the most promising new singer-songwriters releases his second major-label work.
New CD releases
Which new CD are you going to rush out to buy?
Rhett Miller The Instigator: An excellent solo debut from the leader of the alt-country act Old 97's.
Gerald Levert G Spot: More make-out anthems for R&B swanksters.
Steve Earle Jerusalem: The father of alt-country returns with an album featuring his controversial ode to John Walker Lindh.
Elvis Presley 30 1 Hits: All the King's top tracks, plus the propulsive remix of his "A Little Less Conversation" (a deserved No. 1 U.K. smash).
Beck Sea Change: The intellectual changeling returns with a serious new sound.
Peter Gabriel Up: The star's first album of all-new material in a decade.
Weezer The Lion and the Witch: The prolific popsters' second album in a single year.
Lifehouse Stanley Climbfall: The follow-up to the trio's breakthrough hit.
Isyss The Way We Do: The debut from R&B's new hit-making hotties.
Burning Brides Fall of the Plastic Empire: The major-label first from the pride of Philly punk. Is this band the next Hives?
Uncle Kracker No Stranger to Shame: More neo-'70s pop-soul from Kid Rock's DJ.
Nas The Lost Tapes: Unreleased cuts from the star wordsmith.
Various artists Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash: Features Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Little Richard, Emmylou Harris and other stars covering songs by the man in black.
Mark Knopfler The Ragpicker's Dream: Another soundtrack from the thoughtful guitarist.
Jackson Browne Naked Ride Home: Will this long-careening folk-rocker finally wrestle back his muse?
The Rolling Stones 40 Licks: The Stones' first hits album to combine classics from the '60s with the group's best-known songs since. Also features four new tracks to help flog the Stones' 40th-anniversary tour.