By EW Staff
Updated August 24, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Here’s how a sampling of music critics from across the country grade 10 current releases.

Aaliyah, Aaliyah BLACKGROUND/VIRGIN

— ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times — GREG KOT Chicago Tribune A- EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today B- SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution B+ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY B+ CRITICS’ AVERAGE

Gorillaz, Gorillaz VIRGIN

B [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B+ [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] — [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor J

A- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] B+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Various Artists, NOW That’s What I Call Music! 7 VIRGIN

C- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B- [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C+ [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] C+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

‘N Sync, Celebrity JIVE

C- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C+ [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B- [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] C+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family, The Saga Continues… BAD BOY/ARISTA

C+ [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] B+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] C [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Radiohead, Break the Cycle FLIP/ELEKTRA

A- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] A- [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] C+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] C+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Snoop Dogg and Tha Eastsidaz, Duces and Trayz… TVT

C [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] — [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B- [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Sum 41, All Killer No Filler ISLAND

B- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B- [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] — [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] C+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

Usher, 8701 ARISTA

C [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B+ [EDNA GUNDERSON USA Today] A- [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B- [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B- [CRITICS’ AVERAGE]

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