John Rich, Rich Rocks!
The country star (and Celebrity Apprentice contestant) recruits Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr. for a six-track EP with zero use for subtlety. The boisterous results scoot mucho boot, but he did this stuff more joyfully with Big & Rich. B- —Mikael Wood

Michael Grimm, Michael Grimm
Nothing on the America’s Got Talent winner’s major-label debut is earth-shattering, but it’s consistently listenable: Grimm serves up a compelling stripped-down cover of Alicia Keys’ ”Fallin’ ” and enlists Heart’s Ann Wilson on the road-ready ”Gasoline and Matches.” B —Tanner Stransky

Kate Voegle, Gravity Happens
The singer-songwriter/One Tree Hill actress could have indulged in Hollywood tropes; instead, she channels whiskey-sipping country (”Sandcastles”) and grrrl-power pop (”Heart in Chains”). B+ —Kyle Anderson

Brandi Carlile, Live at Benaroya Hall With the Seattle Symphony
Carlile’s sometimes-snoozy songwriting has never lived up to her one-of-a-kind voice. But that’s no problem on this disc, which climaxes with roof-raising concert covers of ”Hallelujah” and ”Forever Young.” B+ —Mikael Wood

Moby, Destroyed
The knock on the ambient maestro has always been that he only sounds awesome while you’re shopping in H&M, which is why the entirety of his groovy but tepid latest’s lyric sheet should be ”Let me see if we have that in your size.” C —Kyle Anderson

Okkervil River, I Am Very Far
The Texas indie outfit marries potent frontier imagery with psych-country shuffles that would be campfire sing-alongs if the lyrics didn’t consist of stuff like ”A friend lies bleeding through his jacket.” Sounds like Wilco resharpening their Summerteeth. B —Kyle Anderson