FAITH HILL Cry (Warner Bros.) Her last album was released just shy of three years ago and has moved about 6 million units domestically. Barring a sudden onset of ugly or an outbreak of public aversion to balladry, Cry could be this year’s biggest late-inning smash.

LL COOL J 10 (Island Def Jam) A perfect 10th album? You’ll be the judge of that.

BUDDY MILLER Midnight and Lonesome (Hightone) This is a ”solo” follow-up to last year’s marital duets disc, but bride Julie still wrote and/or sang on most of the countrified tracks.

FLEETWOOD MAC The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (Reprise) The group’s first double CD since Tusk. And with this one, you can reassemble the cover packaging.


TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS play their new album — with orchestra — on Oct. 15 at L.A.’s Olympic Auditorium, simulcast to contest winners at cinemas in 38 cities. If you just wanna hear the rawk and the hits, regular shows start Oct. 27 in Santa Barbara, Calif., with later stops in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

We can tell you exactly where BECK’s at: His Flaming Lips-backed tour (the Lips are also the opener) starts Oct. 17 in Minneapolis’ Orpheum, hits New York’s Beacon at Halloween, then makes a Sea Change from the Atlantic to the Pacific, with shows in L.A. and Oakland, Calif., just before Thanksgiving.

Diff’rent halls, same STROKES: The celebrated New York rockers play clubs as small as Boise’s Big Easy (Oct. 18) and amphitheaters as large as L.A.’s Greek (Nov. 1-2) before winding up at New York’s Roseland (Nov. 27-29).