NATALIE MERCHANT Motherland (Elektra) T Bone Burnett (Elvis Costello, O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack) produced this third solo disc, which also features vocals from gospel star Mavis Staples.

PAUL McCARTNEY Driving Rain (Capitol) Macca’s latest is a family affair: “From a Lover to a Friend” is a tribute to Linda, “Heather” is dedicated to fiancee Heather Mills, and Paul’s son James plays guitar on two tracks.

MADONNA GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Warner Bros.) The latest repackaging of the Materialistic Girl focuses on the last 10 years, with “Secret,” “Beautiful Stranger,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music.”

RADIOHEAD I Might Be Wrong (Capitol) Thom Yorke & Co. drop their first live disc, with eight songs from the recent North American tour, including the previously unreleased “True Love Waits” and “Idioteque.”