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Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars

Wainwright has a fondness for ornate arrangements. But producing his fifth album in Berlin, where he took to wearing lederhosen and visiting old-world palaces, really brought out the baroque in him. Working with Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, Wainwright brings a breathtaking grandeur to the lavish, symphonic opener “Do I Disappoint You” and a brassy, Gene Pitney-esque drama to the closing title track. But he also delivers some of his most tender songs ever, including the heartbreaking “Leaving for Paris.” May 15
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Gretchen Wilson - One of the Boys

Country music’s redneck woman got all jacked up on her last album, drinkin’ way too much and drivin’ her truck off into the night anyway. On her third release, Wilson balances butt-kickin’ anthems like the title track and the trailer-trashy “There Goes the Neighborhood” with such well-behaved numbers as “Come to Bed,” “Heaven Help Me” and “To Tell the Truth.” Does that make rowdy Gretchen a sensitive redneck now? May 15   
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The View - Hats Off to the Buskers

Aside from Kasabian, the View is the only current band to win Liam Gallagher’s thumbs up. Given the Oasis frontman’s reputation as a yobbo, that endorsement might prove a curse. But the young quartet, led by singer Kyle Falconer, deserves a listen, thanks to tuneful Britpop numbers like “Same Jeans, “Wasted Little DJs,” “Superstar Tradesman” and the giddy “Skag Trendy,” featuring Falconer’s full Scottish brogue. With a bit more piss ’n’ vinegar, the View might even come to rival the U.K.’s fabulous Arctic Monkeys. May 8
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