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

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity (Columbia) Fans got a taste of the hardcore L.A. band’s new CD on their single “Chop Suey,” which is being gobbled up by radio.

ORBITAL The All Together (FFAR/London-Sire) The electronica veterans’ latest features vocals from U.K. pop-folkie David Gray and samples such disparate bands as Tool and the Cramps.

MANDY PATINKIN Kidults (Nonesuch) The temperamental, golden-voiced star of stage and screen interprets child-friendly standards like “A Tisket, A Tasket” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”

OL’ DIRTY BASTARD Free Dirty (Elektra) Now behind bars, everyone’s favorite rap outlaw releases a disc of hits, including “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Brooklyn Zoo.”


The O Brother soundtrack, thou art–er, ought–to hear PATTY LOVELESS’ Mountain Soul, which includes her cover of the SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS’ “Sorrow”-ful hit.

The modern gospel of MARY, MARY, you’ll find nothing contrary in Talk About It from NICOLE C. MULLEN, who injects soul into the lily-white world of Christian pop.

FOO FIGHTERS’ aggressive power pop, sample JIMMY EAT WORLD, making their DreamWorks debut with Bleed American after escaping unbloodied from Capitol.

STEVE EARLE’s itinerant-wanderer anthems, put the pedal to the medal with The I-10 Chronicles/2, a rootsy set featuring road hogs like DAVE ALVIN and ADAM DURITZ.

JOHN MELLENCAMP’s pairing with MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO on “Wild Night,” then listen as he plays house with INDIA.ARIE on “Peaceful World,” a new duet now on radio.