Jonatha Brooke "The Works" - The folk-pop singer's new album seamlessly pairs her original music with previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics. Brooke reigns supreme on the touching love song "King of My Heart."
Brian Wilson "That Lucky Old Son" - Brian is back and if his gifts for melody and vocal harmony are not restored to the majestic heights of old, they're close to it. "Going Home" is pure rock-and-roll redemption.
Joan Osborne "Little Wild One" - A Kentucky-born New Yorker who famously imagined God riding a bus on her hit song "One of Us," Osborne returns with a winning album that celebrates the sacred in the city. Her rich vocals, pitched between church soprano and downtown contralto, soar on arrangements that mix old-timey mandolin with the urban pulse of electronic instruments. "Hallelujah in the City" sounds like salvation.