Kanye West, M.I.A. Mike Posner, and more of the latest releases

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated June 11, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Kanye West ”Power”
Nothing says ”Taylor who?” like a King Crimson-sampling, SNL-bird-flipping tirade from hip-hop’s reigning prince of caps-lock conflict. A-

Miley Cyrus ”Can’t Be Tamed”
Cyrus sheds her Hannah Montana shackles with blatant ”Uncage me!” metaphors and a naughty-feathers video — but beneath the new plumage, it’s just bouncy, midcareer-Britney dance-pop. B

A slithery, synth-addled slice of electro fuzz that’s actually about the bleak emotional disconnect of Internet-spawned sex. B+

Eminem ”Not Afraid”
The rapper’s melodic return after last year’s pitch-black Relapse. Undeniably anthemic, if oddly redolent of his own ”Lose Yourself.” B

Lee DeWyze ”Beautiful Day”
Idol‘s latest winner brings his pleasant roots-rock rasp — but nothing fundamentally new — to U2’s arena bombast. C+

3OH!3 Feat. Ke$ha ”My First Kiss”
The dolt-rock brain trust barrels on with another earwormy, hand-clappy anthem destined for halftime floor routines. Ke$ha brings the sonic pom-poms. C

Mike Posner ”Cooler Than Me”
Newcomer Posner’s laconic, sandpaper-voiced diss is a ”You’re So Vain” for the self-regarding smartphone set. B+

Arcade Fire ”The Suburbs”
The Canada-based indie collective returns with a relaxed rocker that floats along nicely but never really soars. B

Avenged Sevenfold ”Nightmare”
Thunderous thrash theatrics from Southern California’s prodigiously tattooed purveyors of meat-and-potatoes metal. B