JENNIFER HANSON (Capitol) Growing up in a house filled with music (her father played guitar with The Righteous Brothers, among others), Hanson has taken what she learned and developed into quite an artist in her own right. The debut album from this country newcomer crossed over as the first single, “Beautiful Goodbye,” spent time on both the country and pop singles charts. Her well-rounded first release appeals to a vast majority of audiences — Sheryl Crow fans will enjoy the storytelling on upbeat songs like “Just One of Those Days” and “Get Yourself Back,” while admirers of the country ballad will get into “This Far Gone.”

— JAMES E. MAYFIELD