CREED Weathered (Wind-up) The rockers-your-mom-likes-too rehired John Kurzweg, who produced 1999’s 10-million-selling Human Clay, for this third album.

JILL SCOTT Experience: Jill Scott (826 Plus) (Hidden Beach/Epic) Out of Scott-land comes a double CD of soul, including live cuts like “A Long Walk” and “He Loves Me.”

PINK M!ssundaztood (Arista) On her sophomore album, the 22-year-old Marmalady collaborates with 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry. Sounds like a meeting to dye for.

KID ROCK Cocky (Atlantic) The Kid-produced follow-up to 1998’s 10X-platinum Devil Without a Cause features guests Sheryl Crow, Uncle Kracker, and Snoop Dogg.


The folk-pop side of THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, save room on your shelf for Dave-idolizing, husky-voiced 23-year-old JOHN MAYER, and his Room for Squares.

The contemplative side of AMY GRANT, or SARAH McLACHLAN’s angelic hues, put Christian singer JENNIFER KNAPP’s string-drenched The Way I Am in your sack.

The electro-pop of APHEX TWIN or the dreamier dispositions of NINE INCH NAILS, allow WOVEN and their debut EP, Eprime, to do some spell weaving.

LITTLE STEVEN’s prideful but probing “I Am a Patriot,” get nervously nationalistic with “The Patriot’s Dream,” a duet between JENNIFER WARNES and ARLO GUTHRIE on her album The Well.

The brethren and sistren of O Brother, get familiar, and familial, with Rounder’s bluegrass roundup Blue Trail of Sorrow, featuring soundtrack stars ALISON KRAUSS, NORMAN BLAKE, and THE COX FAMILY.