Reviews of the latest songs from How to Destroy Angels, Keyshia Cole, and more

By EW Staff
November 23, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Various Artists, Rhythms del Mundo: Africa
This fund-raiser for the environmentally minded Artists Project Earth pairs superstars like Beyoncé, Eminem, and Mumford & Sons with traditional African musicians for rejiggers of their hits. It works (Coldplay’s drummed-up “Viva la Vida,” an intense minimalist twist on Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”) more often than it doesn’t. BKyle Anderson

How To Destroy Angels, An Omen EP
Trent Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig, handles most of the vocals here, but the Nine Inch Nails mastermind (left) remains the star of the group’s second EP. With longtime collaborator (and co–Oscar winner, for the Social Network score) Atticus Ross, Reznor pieces together wintry electronic headphone epics and deftly threads Maandig’s ghostly sensuality into enigmatic tapestries like “Keep It Together.” B+Kyle Anderson

Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day
Yes, “Kashmir” rocks hard, but this vanilla artifact from Zep’s massive 2007 reunion concert falls into all of the typical traps associated with live albums. It even finds some new ones, as many of the band’s crunchiest classics are pitched down to accommodate frontman Robert Plant’s aging pipes. CKyle Anderson

Keyshia Cole, Woman to Woman
Cole’s fifth studio album serves as a time machine to the sweet, soulful R&B of the late ’90s, when Brandy and Monica ruled the airwaves. To clarify: That’s a compliment. Woman to Woman may be a throwback, but there’s no denying Cole’s pipes on highlight moments like the lead single “Enough of No Love” (with Lil Wayne) and sultry ballad “Stubborn.” B+Tanner Stransky

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