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New Music Releases For Week of Sept.1: Whitney Houston, The Black Crowes, Juliette Lewis

What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download.

She's baaack: I Look to You is supposed to be Whitney's comeback album, and "Million Dollar Bill" is the upbeat first single. It seems pretty disco-y and fun to me — like a radio-friendly hit — but it also feels like it was written for someone else. The same goes for "Like I Never Left," which features Akon; they're just kind of generic. The more "Whitney-ish" tracks are the ballads, particularly the title song "I Look to You." It's not a terrible album, it's just not the strong comeback I was hoping to get from the woman who belted out "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

Turn it up: Listening to The Black Crowes' latest album, Before the Frost . . . Until the Freeze, makes me regret not being more familiar with more than the band's singles, because this album is such a good time, particularly the rocking opener, Good Morning Captain. Songs like it and Shine Along make me want to see the band on tour, immediately, in some big, hot outdoor venue where dancing is mandatory. (Note: If you buy the physical disc in stores, you get a download code for the second part.)

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Crossing over: Actress Juliette Lewis has been singing with her band The Licks for a few years now, but she's going it all on her own with Terra Incognita. I'm impressed by this album, especially since I was always pretty ambivalent about her singing career. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta produced the album, which is super apparent in the heavy, mysterious-sounding tracks, but some of the songs (like "Ghosts") just sound like a Volta song with Lewis singing. But the title track, "Terra Incognita," is my favorite for its showcase of Lewis's pipes — snarling, but still melodic.

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