Music Article

Albums: Oct. 14, 2011

Reviews of the latest albums from Martina McBride, James Blake, and Mayer Hawthorne

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

Originally posted Oct 07, 2011 Published in issue #1176-1177 Oct 14, 2011 Order article reprints