CRAIG DAVID Slicker Than Your Average (Wildstar/Atlantic) The neo-soul Brit’s second CD features edgy hip-hop tracks about the pitfalls of sudden fame.

SHANIA TWAIN UP! (Mercury) After a five-year hiatus, the country-pop diva is back. True to its title, UP! is full of buoyant, radio-friendly tunes.

JA RULE The Last Temptation (Def Jam) The rappin’ ladies’ man (he’s duetted with J. Lo, Mary J., and Ashanti) pairs up with bad boy Bobby Brown on ”Thug Lovin’.”

GEORGE HARRISON Brainwashed (Capitol) Almost completed at the time of his death, Brainwashed features 11 new songs. Son Dhani coproduced.


THE DELGADOS, ”Favours” (from the import album Hate) A perfect melding of a soaring tune and majestic production (courtesy of Dave Fridmann).

TRADER HORNE, ”Morning Way” (from the newly reissued comp Paisley Pop: Pye Psych [& Other Colours] 1966-1969) A trippy folk obscurity featuring original Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble.

WES CUNNINGHAM, ”I Love Eleanor” (from Pollyanna) This harmony-rich number will please fans of Ron Sexsmith and Eric Matthews.

THE RAVEONETTES, ”Do You Believe Her” (from the Whip It On EP) A boss cut from this ace Danish duo, who look like the White Stripes and sound like Sonic Youth.

THE CAPITOL YEARS, ”Jewelry Store” (from the Jewelry Store EP) A mod-pop nugget, with nicely retro production by Pernice Brother Thom Monahan.