TOBY KEITH Unleashed (DreamWorks) The hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” should win a Grammy for Most Patriotic Title.
PUBLIC ENEMY Revolverlution (SlamJamz/Koch/In the Paint) Fans in New York, Madison, Wis., Argentina, and Austria downloaded vocals from the Web and created remixes for this disc, which also includes new songs and live cuts.
BOYZ II MEN Full Circle (Arista) Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Babyface worked on the latest from the soul quartet, which might be getting II old for the Boyz moniker.
SOLOMON BURKE Don’t Give Up on Me (Fat Possum) With Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits supplying the music, couldn’t anyone make a great album?
GIMME FIVE Choice cuts for your mix tape
THE QUAILS “Memo From the Desk of the Quails” (from the Kill Rock Stars compilation Fields and Streams) San Fran trio with a tuneful No Wave lurch.
SPACE MONKEYZ VS. GORILLAZ “Banana Baby” (from the new collaboration Laika Come Home) A dub-style remix of Gorillaz tune “Tomorrow Comes Today.”
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN “Happy When It Rains” (from 21 Singles) Drum machine aside, this 1987 single is a depresso-rock classic.
THE STREETS “Let’s Push Things Forward” (from the import Original Pirate Material) Had Craig David produced the Specials’ More Specials, it might’ve sounded like this.
ESZTER BALINT “Almost Gone” (from the Lovely & Amazing soundtrack) Gritty and intriguing–just what you’d imagine from the actress who starred in the Jim Jarmusch classic Stranger Than Paradise.