Consumer Guide

Dud of the Month:

INSANE CLOWN POSSE: The Amazing Jeckel Brothers (Island)Refreshing for white guys, especially white guys as dumb as these two, to complain about the slave owner on the dollar bill— simpleminded, but an act of cultural nonconformity nonetheless. Cool to give away a special-offer CD where you rap over stolen gangsta tracks, too. But when a real gangsta's bitch fucks his homey he kills everybody in sight. These kiss-offs just kill the girl, every chance they get. And though they claim clown, they rarely get funnier than "I'd cut my head off but then I would be dead," and that on the cut everybody uses to prove how dumb they are. Personally, I think saying fuck 93 times in one song is a riot. Tell Fatboy Slim the news. C PLUS


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Honorable Mention:

Blur, 13 (Virgin):halfway there, it sits down in the middle of the road and won't budge ("Tender," "B.L.U.R.E.M.I."); Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway (Atlantic):retro popcraft as the pursuit of doomed happiness ("Prom Theme," "Red Dragon Tattoo"); Smash Mouth, Astro Lounge (Interscope):surveying the world from a temporary star ("Then the Morning Comes," "I Just Wanna See"); Speech, Hoopla (TVT):Lauryn wannabe unearths apposite folk-rock tunelets ("Slave to It All," "The Hey Song"); Kandia Kouyate, Kita Kam (Stern's Africa):female pride, Malian and Islamic style ("Doninké," "Douwawou"); Miles Davis/Various DJs, Panthalassa: The Remixes (Columbia):ambient techno goes to heaven, or hell— anyway, steals trumpeter ("On the Corner [Subterranean Channel Mix]," "Shhh [Sea4 Miles Remix]"); the Wild Magnolias, Life Is a Carnival (Metro Blue):the New Orleans Funk Repertory Orchestra ("Pocket Change," "Pock-a-Nae"); Chic, Live at the Budokan (Sumthing Else):featuring Sister Sledge, Slash&WinwoodDoJimi, and the great Bernard Edwards on the night he died ("Good Times/Rapper's Delight," "We Are Family"); Ani DiFranco & Utah Phillips, Fellow Workers (Righteous Babe):old Wobbly tells war stories, young CEO watches his back ("Direct Action," "Pie in the Sky"); We, Square Root of Negative One (Asphodel):sounds from the dark side ("Diablos," "Gaya's Kids"); Genius/GZA, Beneath the Surface (MCA):he means the surface of a frozen lake, if I'm not mistaken ("Victim," "Crash Your Crew"); Austin PowersThe Spy Who Shagged Me (Maverick):genuine simulated psychedoolic Velveeta (Madonna, "Beautiful Stranger"; Dr. Evil, "Just the Two of Us"); Loudon Wainwright III, Social Studies (Hannibal):commentary not protest, and usually worse for it ("Tonya's Twirls," "Pretty Good Day"); the Chemical Brothers, Surrender (Astralwerks):nostalgic— for futurism past, yet— at, what, 29? ("Hey Boy Hey Girl," "Let Forever Be").

Choice Cuts:

Faith Hill, "The Secret of Life," "This Kiss" (Faith, Warner Bros.); D-Generation,"Helpless," "Rise and Fall" (Through the Darkness, C2/ Columbia); Van Morrison,"Drumshanbo Hustle" (The Philosopher's Stone, Polydor); Sloan,"C'Mon C'Mon (Gonna Get It Started)" (Navy Blues, Murderecords); Tim McGraw, "She'll Have You Back" (A Place in the Sun, Curb).

Duds:

Anggun, Snow on the Sahara(Epic); Cassius, 1999(Astralwerks); Geri Halliwell, Schizosonic(Capitol); His Name Is Alive, Always Stay Sweet(4AD); Moby, I Like To Score(Elektra); Saint Etienne, Places To Visit(Sub Pop); Spacetime Continuum, Double Fine Zone(Astralwerks).

Addresses:

Asphodel,PO Box 51, NYC 10113; Astralwerks,c/o Caroline, 114 West 26th Street, NYC 10001; Beggars Banquet,580 Broadway, Suite 1004, NYC 10012; Hannibal,c/o Rykodisc, 530 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401; Lookout!, Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 94701; Matador,611 Broadway, Suite 712, NYC 10012; Pedernales/FreeFalls,139 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022; Righteous Babe,Box 95, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205; Stern's/Earthworks,71 Warren Street, NYC 10007; Sumthing Else,1650 Broadway, Suite 1201, NYC 10019; TVT,23 East 4th Street, NYC 10003; V2,14 East 4th Street, NYC 10003.

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