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Wyclef Jean - Masquerade

The Haitian-born rapper has done more to broaden hip-hop’s musical palette than either Lauryn Hill or cousin Pras, his ex-Fugee cohorts. Like his last two albums, Masquerade mixes reggae and r&b with funk and hard-edged hip-hop beats. There’s a Dylan cover and the usual Marley influence. The message ultimately remains the same: ‘Clef, a product of the projects, preaches ghetto enlightenment. The biggest surprise is the Oriental-flavored “Peace God,” which Jean amusingly calls “crouching tiger style.”
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Chumbawamba - Readymades

If “Tubthumping,” with its riotous refrain “I get knocked down, but I get up again,” hadn’t become a huge hit (and a staple at hockey games), Chumbawamba might have remained an obscure anarcho-syndicalist collective, spouting polemics and living in a filthy squat in Leeds. As it is, they’re a major-label act churning out folk-flavored, politically correct albums like their latest. If this is revolution rock, god help the working class. It’ll put the masses to sleep, rather than have them storming the barricades. 
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New Found Glory - Sticks & Stones

What defines emo punk? Peppy, positive tunes played with boundless energy by dudes in backwards baseball caps and baggy, low-slung pants. Throw in a chubby bass player and a tattooed lead singer and you’ve got New Found Glory, a quintet from sunny Coral Springs, Florida that plays with the intensity of the Sex Pistols but sings as sweetly as the Beach Boys. A popular draw on the Vans Warped tour, NFG write catchy songs about love and loyalty, like the new album’s buddy anthem “My Friends Over You.”
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