ANI DIFRANCO Evolve (Righteous Babe) Light your incense – the passionate poet’s 15th album comes complete with a 10-minute spoken-word opus.
MS DYNAMITE A Little Deeper (Interscope) The latest U.K. garage-rap export releases her critically acclaimed debut for American consumption.
EVERCLEAR Slow Motion Daydream (Capitol) Art Alexakis’ troupe promises a lyrically potent follow-up to 2000’s Songs From an American Movie, Volumes 1 and 2.
BEN HARPER Diamonds on the Inside (Virgin) The college-radio mainstay offers more of his patented funkified folk with his fifth studio effort.
IF YOU LIKE…
ELVIS and believe MARC BOLAN is still alive, too, bang a gong for SUPERGRASS’ ”Seen the Light,” a T. REX homage that climaxes with a Presley impersonation.
The ’70s soul of VALERIE CARTER and LAURA NYRO, take a trip to former McBeal ally VONDA SHEPARD’s Chinatown.
CHRIS CORNELL but wish he were backed by a piano-led, jazz-style trio, check out the understated yet swinging cover of SOUNDGARDEN’s ”Black Hole Sun” on JUDITH OWENS’ Twelve Arrows.
The sisters of O Brother, pick up the eponymous solo CD by JEANNIE KENDALL, which sports an all-star neo-bluegrass cast and a duet with ALAN JACKSON.
The gently STONES-y side of RYAN ADAMS’ Americana-style classic rock but could do without his ‘tude, try NEAL CASAL’s Anytime Tomorrow.