By EW Staff
March 19, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

— SHERYL CROW’s bloated, sterile take on the Cat Stevens-penned ”The First Cut Is the Deepest” left us pained. She redeems herself with a heartfelt acoustic version from Sessions@AOL. ITUNES.COM

— Interested in an underground stew of jazzy electro-pop? Give a listen to the trumpet-laced lullaby ”Systemitis” by Seattle-based producer PLAN B (a.k.a. James van Leuven). PLANBBOY.COM/MUSIC.HTML

— THE SECRET MACHINES, who fuse the space rock of Pink Floyd and Spiritualized, offer their debut months ahead of its release. Don’t miss the cinematic ballad ”Leaves Are Gone.” THESECRETMACHINES.COM

— You’ll have to wait until 2005 for a new WHITE STRIPES album, but take heart in the blustering blues of their ”Black Jack Davey,” a good indication that a rumored rarities disc will arrive by year’s end. ITUNES.COM