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1. Cocteau Twins, Four-Calendar
Cafe (Capitol)
2. A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight
Marauders(Jive)
3. Various Artists, No Alternative
(A ista)
4. Tom Waits, The Black Rider (Island)

6. Nirvana, In Utero (Geffen)
7. Spinanes, Manos (Sub Pop)
8. Kate Bush, The Red Shoes
(Columbia)
9. Lois, Strumpet (K)

5. Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen (Elektra) 10. Yo La Tengo, Painful (Matador/Atlantic)
Chart solely based on college radio airplay. Contrihiting radio stations: WIDB, Southern Illinois U.; wTUL, Tulane U.;
KUCB, U. of Colorado; KCMU, U. of Washington; KALX, U. of California, Berkeley; KCOU, U. of Missouri;
KCSC, California State U., Chico; KRNU, U. of Nebraska; KCR, San Diego State U.; KNAP, U. of Arizona;
KwvA, U. of Oregon; KTSB, U. of Texas; WUTK, U. of Tennessee; wUVT, Virginia Tech
Key: *****= Cabo ****= Havasu ***= Daytona **= Home *= Library
Jawbox Ramones
For Your Own Special Sweetheart Acid Eaters (Radioactive)
(Atlantic) ****
The godfathers of
Not many bands punk are back, this
can leap across genre time taking an eclectic
boundaries as seam- dive into a sea of cov-
lessly as Jawbox. The ers. Acid Eaters is
four-piece's sound more than just catchy
may be rooted in power-pop. Joey and
post-punk hard-core wallop, but the the boys dig through the topsoil to their
band smartly sneaks in pop melodies roots, unearthing some classics.
and an undercurrent of industrial angst. Their rendition of Ted Nugent's
For Your Own Special Sweetheart is "Journey to the Center of the Mind,"
more polished than the band's first two riddled with whiny guitar solos, twists
releases. But this album isn't at all the '70s hard rock into driving, solid-timed
sellout some expected when Jawbox left punk perfection. And only the Ramones
the ultra-hip Dischord label for Atlantic. can blast Jefferson Airplane's
Special Sweetheart admirably continues "Somebody to Love" with straight faces
in the group's speedy tradition; it spins and straightforward style. Other high-
wildly out of control on tracks like lights include The Who's "Substitute,"
"Jackpot Plus!" and "FF=66." Even CCR's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
more compelling are songs like and a hauntingly faithful version of The
"Savory" which incorporate subtle pop Animals' "When I was Young" - organ
hooks even as heavy guitars dominate line and all.
the mix. When that happens, Jawbox Acid Eaters is the latest main course
has found the ideal balance between for a Ramones' complete diet. We rec-
punk abandon and pop sheen. ommend you swallow it whole. Aaron
Stephen Thompson, The Onion, U. Cole, The Union, California State U.,
of Wisconsin Long Beach

Alison Moyet
Essex (Columbia)
On her fourth solo
album, ex-Yaz vocal-
ist Alison Moyet
seems to have traded a
in some pain for a bit
of pleasure. While
1991's Hoodoo allowed
Moyet to brilliantly unload a lot of
personal baggage, Essex finds the British
singer/songwriter in a happier state.
Balancing mostly up-tempo numbers
with a few ballads, Moyet's songs ruth-
lessly scrutinize the thin line between
devotion and indifference in a relation-
ship. Songs like "So Am I" help to blur
the lines with their catchy dance beats
but deceiving lyrics.
Ian (Lightning Seeds) Broudie's slick
production gives Essex a decidedly pop
flavor while taking into account
Moyet's strongest asset - her stellar
voice. Moyet continues to rival any
male or female pop singer today with
her ability to elicit raw emotion. That
alone should never go unnoticed. * Rob
Hooper, University Times, California
State U., Los Angeles
Various Artists
Planet Rap (Tommy Boy)
**
The world may be
embracing hip-hop,
but this showcase of
the best international
artists confirms that
few of them are tran-
scending the bound-
aries of the American rap formula.
For the most part, bands like Italy's
Articolo 31 and Denmark's Bootfunk
are just imitating jazz-rap fusion by lay-
ing down bass-driven jazz samples and
mixing in standard beats.

What almost saves Planet Rap are
renowned French rapper MC Solaar
and Japan's innovative Microphone
Pager. Solaar's cooled-out "Qui Seme
Le Vent Recolte Le Tempo" (Who
Sows the Wind Receives the Tempo) is
a lyrically meandering work of genius.
Pager's "Kaisei-Kaishi" (Begin the
Revolution) goes beyond the experi-
ments of jazz-rap fusion front-runners
Digable Planets by layering dense vocal
tracks atop swirling samples.
Unfortunately, there's little else original
on Planet Rap. Josh Tyrangiel, 34th
Street Magazine, U. of Pennsylvania
Various Artists
Stone Free: A Tribute to
fimi Hendrix (Reprise)
Twenty-five years
ago, Jimi Hendrix
turned the guitar
world upside-down
with his heavy, psy-
chedelic jams. It was a
sound that put deca-
dence and sex into rock, a sound on
which musicians today are still gorging.
He is resurrected on Stone Free, an
album that makes a case for sex, drugs,
and rock 'n' roll '90s style. Compiling a
tribute of diversity, artists range from
Body Count and Seal to '60s survivors
Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
With the exception of the Cure's
dancey, shallow version of "Purple
Haze," the next 13 tracks are straight-
ahead Hendrix experiences. Spin
Doctors pull off a surprisingly concen-
trated version of "Spanish Castle
Magic," while The Pretenders' fuel the
fires of "Bold As Love." Living Color
adds the funk, PM Dawn chills the fuzz.
To contradict the man himself, Jimi
Hendrix does live today. Sally
Kuzemchak, The Daily Collegian.
Penn State U.

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