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Music

CD Revue

Linda Perry, Dios (Malos), EMT, The Like, Marah, Gretchen Wilson, T.A.T.U, Nickelback

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LINDA PERRY In Flight ****

Re-release of former 4 Non-Blondes belter/current songwriter-to-the-stars Linda Perry’s ’96 solo debut, a scorching psychedelic trip blurring sunny hope and dark madness into a gorgeous 3 a.m. wallow. All this, and a 7-minute Grace Slick duet. (KillRockStars.com)

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DIOS (MALOS) Dios (Malos) ****

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The archenemies of heavy-metal elf Ronnie James Dio return with 12 pop sugar cubes about heartbreak and herbs, California dreamed via Brian Wilson’s secondhand orchestral smoke. Would you believe, the perfect summer album … for winter? (WeAreDios.com)

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ERIC MCFADDEN TRIO Joy of Suffering ***.5

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This is rock & roll, jam-heads, not undercooked noodling. Singer-guitarist McFadden blends Tom Waits/Morphine seediness with Gov’t Mule heaviness, and even tops Living Colour’s revered cover of Talking Heads’ “Memories Can’t Wait.” (EMTMusic.com)

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THE LIKE Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? ***

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Three teen daughters of a big record producer, a bigger A&R suit and Elvis Costello’s drummer write and play with Prince’s ex-guitarist behind the knobs'they dare not suck. If you swooned over Throwing Muses the first time around, dive in. (ILikeTheLike.com)

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MARAH If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry ***

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Marah’s quick ’n’ dirty indie-flick answer to last year’s cinematic 20,000 Streets Under the Sky ain’t cheap'the Philly street rats are more tunefully focused under the gun. If Springsteen just got over himself … nah, Marah would still be cooler. (Marah-USA.com)

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GRETCHEN WILSON All Jacked Up **.5

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It’s the middling midsection of a trilogy including last year’s ├╝ber-smash Here for the Party and 2006’s Hangover My Beltbuckle'and yet still better than most neo-country. “Skoal Ring” and “One Bud Wiser” are pure redneck romance. (GretchenWilson.com)

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T.A.T.U. Dangerous & Moving *

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They’ve ditched their manager and the lesbian jailbait gimmick (sooo 2002), and you’re now supposed to take Russians Julia and Lena seriously because they’re not uncomfortably Frenching. Too bad it frees their mouths up to “sing.” (TatuGirls.com)

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NICKELBACK All the Right Reasons *

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Flying the post-Creed crap-rock flag, Nickelback have one truly horrific element that Three Puddles of Trapt and their jocko-homo ilk don’t: Chad Kroeger, more smack-able than Scott Stapp and Michael Bolton combined. Guaranteed platinum. (Nickelback.com)