VARIOUS ARTISTS The Pledge of Allegiance Live Concert Recording (Columbia) Mosh along to memories from last fall’s metalfest, featuring System of a Down, Slipknot, Mudvayne, and No One.
BAHA MEN Move It Like This (S-Curve/Capitol) Who let the Baha Men back in? They’re trying to extend their 15 minutes with the single “Move It Like This.”
CELINE DION A New Day Has Come (Epic) On her first studio album since 1997, the Canadian thrush covers Etta James’ “At Last” and Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy.”
CAITLIN CARY While You Weren’t Looking (Yep Roc) The Whiskeytown singer and violinist’s solo debut includes a duet with ex-bandmate Ryan Adams.
GIMME FIVE Choice Cuts For Your Mix Tape
THE CHURCH, “After Everything” (from After Everything Now This) Melancholy so tangible you could build a cathedral on it.
JONATHAN RICHMAN, “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” (from Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman) This one will have even confirmed heteros combing their towns for lesbian watering holes with hot jukeboxes.
N.E.R.D., “Bobby James” (from In Search of…) Featuring the finest bittersweet soul chorus this side of OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson”.
FACES, “Flying” (from The Best of Faces: Good Boys…When They’re Asleep…) This heartbroken ballad reminds you why folks used to get excited about Rod Stewart.
PRISONSHAKE, “Quits” (from 1993’s The Roaring Third) Love on the rocks never rocked so hard as on these Clevelanders’ portrait of a troubled relationship.