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Albums: Jan. 6, 2012

Reviews of the latest releases from Kelly Clarkson, Common, and Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa

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Kelly Clarkson, iTunes Session
Clarkson completists are the target demo for this meager live set, in which the star sics her superhuman lungs on old hits (a raw-nerve acoustic ”Since U Been Gone”) plus one stocking stuffer (”I’ll Be Home for Christmas”). BAdam Markovitz

Common, The Dreamer/The Believer
Jettisoning the Neptunes’ pop-funk of his last disc in favor of old friend No I.D.’s nostalgic neck-snappers, Common attacks his ninth album with so much intensity he even manages to turn a sample of ELO’s ”Mr. Blue Sky” into an elbow-throwing banger. A-Kyle Anderson

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Mac & Devin Go to High School
A full-length collaboration between these two renowned herb enthusiasts should sound borderline incoherent, but this soundtrack to their upcoming movie provides an ample crop of spry, extra-sticky hooks and some of Snoop’s sharpest rhymes in years (especially on ”French Inhale”). Sure, it’s all pretty one-spliff-minded, but their pair-up is surprisingly rich, too: Call it Watch the Bong. B+KA