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Albums: Dec. 9, 2011

Reviews of the latest releases from James Durbin, Doris Day, and more

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Various Artists, This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
A galaxy of roots-music stars, including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle, toast the beloved songwriter’s 70th birthday. Extra points to Kris Kristofferson, who makes Clark seem like Taylor Swift on the ultra-grizzled ”Hemingway’s Whiskey.” B+Mikael Wood

James Durbin, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster
This year’s fourth-place Idol finisher pleaded with America to ”give metal a chance.” Despite an assist from Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, his debut feels more like a standard melodramatic rock set with surprisingly catchy punk-lite flourishes. Beautiful? Not quite. But it’s certainly no disaster. BGrady Smith

Doris Day, My Heart
A left-field hit in England when it was released earlier this fall, My Heart pairs classics from the star’s decades-spanning career with previously unheard tunes recorded in the ’80s. As such, the arrangements can get pretty schmaltzy — but that crystalline voice remains a welcome delight. BMikael Wood

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