EW Staff
November 25, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Willie Nelson, Remember Me Vol. 1
Nelson’s not offering deep cuts or revolutionary reinterpretations here, covering the likes of Merle Haggard, Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Cash. But on Western swing numbers like ”Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!” he makes the classics his own — enough to convince you that he ain’t singin’ about cigarettes. BMelissa Maerz

Trey Songz, Inevitable
Two years after famously claiming to have invented sex, the R&B star has decided on this (relatively) tame EP that it ”ain’t better than love.” On ”Top of the World,” he even turns his dirty mind to politics. BMikael Wood

Caithlin de Marrais, Red Coats
She was emo’s resident rocker girl when she fronted Rainer Maria, but on her new solo album, de Marrais strips her love songs to a near-whisper: just a bass line, a slow drumbeat, the occasional atmospheric effect, and her own gently cooing voice, which sounds softer — and somehow, stronger. BMelissa Maerz

Action Bronson & Statik Selektah, Well Done
Big Apple rapper Bronson turned hip-hop heads earlier this year with the food-obsessed Dr. Lecter. Now teamed with producer Selektah, he lowers the kitchen quotient but retains his roughneck charm on a follow-up that feels like a spirited exercise in East Coast traditionalism. BMikael Wood

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