By Simon Vozick-Levinson
November 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

Welcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the “Download This” track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Nickelback, Dark Horse
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: C+
Download This: “This Afternoon”
(Check out Nickelback online)

David Cook, David Cook
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B
Download This: “Bar-ba-sol”
(Check out David Cook online)

Butch Walker, Sycamore Meadows
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: “Summer Scarves”
(Check out Butch Walker online)

Dido, Safe Trip Home
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B
Download This: “Never Want to Say It’s Love”
(Check out Dido online)

Patti LuPone, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches
Genre: Cabaret
EW Grade: B–
Download This: “Because the Night”
(Check out Patti LuPone online)

Belle and Sebastian, The BBC Sessions
Genre: Indie Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: “Nothing in the Silence”
(Check out Belle and Sebastian online)

Blake Shelton, Startin’ Fires
Genre: Country
EW Grade: B–
Download This: “Bare Skin Rug”
(Check out Blake Shelton online)

Femi Kuti, Day by Day
Genre: World
EW Grade: B
Download This: “Oyimbo”
(Check out Femi Kuti online)

Staff Web Pick of the Week:
Kanye West’s Sky High mixtape
For the latest installment in his excellent “We Got the Remix” series of online mixtapes, Michigan’s own DJ Benzi got access to scads of unreleased a capella tracks from Kanye West’s vault. Along with Kanye sidekick Plain Pat, Benzi tapped top-flight underground producers including Diplo and Nick Catchdubs to put their own spin on tracks like “Flashing Lights,” “Get ‘Em High,” and more. If you can’t wait to hear Kanye’s actual new album 808s & Heartbreak on Nov. 25, consider this authorized giveaway a very tasty appetizer.
(Stream it online for free by clicking here)

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