COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol) Frontman Chris Martin told NME the Brit band wrote most of this post-9/11, thinking, F—! We’re all going to die!
EVE Eve-olution (Ruff Ryders/Interscope) The Philly filly gets help from Alicia Keys and Jadakiss, plus producers Swizz Beats and Irv Gotti, on her third LP.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Higher Ground (Real World) Ben Harper and Robert Randolph join the gospel greats, who cover Prince and Stevie Wonder tracks.
BBMAK Into Your Head (Hollywood) Hip-pop’s Brit Mak daddies skip back over the pond for the follow-up to their platinum debut, Sooner or Later.
GIMME FIVE CHOICE CUTS FOR YOUR MIX TAPE
TIFT MERRITT “I Know Him Too” (from Bramble Rose) This hooky cut from 2002’s best country-rock CD is a sly warning to homeboy’s next girlfriend, from his last.
AARON SPRINKLE “I Know There’s an Answer/Hang on to Your Ego” (from the Brian Wilson tribute Making God Smile) No one thought to combine Pet Sounds’ “Answer” with its alternate title and lyrics…till this terrific two-in-one cover.
MICHELLE SHOCKED “That’s So Amazing” (from Deep Natural) The trumpet will sound–but gently, and funkily–in Shocked’s Louisiana gospel.
NEIL FINN “Don’t Ask Why” (from One Nil) You’ll need the import of Finn’s latest for this swell midtempo rocker, inexplicably left off the U.S. release.
CHRISTY McWILSON “Life’s Little Enormities” (from Bed of Roses) Think early Ronstadt, with an amazing bridge that outclasses its perfectly fine chorus.