EW Staff
October 07, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Martina McBride, Eleven
The tunes don’t stick the way McBride’s usually do, but Eleven illuminates some new wrinkles in the country star’s always-impressive voice. She’s never sounded more stirring than she does on the slow-rolling ”You Can Get Your Lovin’ Right Here.” BMikael Wood

James Blake, Enough Thunder
The silky-voiced Brit’s Bon Iver-assisted EP is lush enough to be played at a swanky restaurant, but it may be even better suited to an evening alone with a hard drink. BBrad Wete

Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do
L.A. retro soulster Hawthorne hasn’t let a major-label deal smooth out his quirks: On ”Dreaming,” he imagines the West Coast sliding into the Pacific, while ”A Long Time” play-by-plays Motown’s creation in record-nerd detail. Snoop Dogg even shows up — as a singer! — on ”Can’t Stop.” B+Mikael Wood

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