I Tracy Chapman: Crossroads (Elektra) IIer second album confirms two things that lsuspected from Chapman‘s hugely successful debut. One. that for a ‘protest‘ singer her greatest moments are her love songs. and two. that for someone mainly backed by acoustic guitar. her voice sits more comfortably on top ofa piano accompaniment. Crossroads does however establish her as the only mass-selling American artist to tackle frequently and successfully. serious political issues. and because of this she will

interest to buffs as

committed as themselves. and even that's pushing it. An excruciating album. (AM)

I Rickie Lee Jones: Flying Cowboys (Geffen) The four years taken to make Flying Cowboys could equally easily have fitted in between Pirates and The Magazine. although the Walter Becker production gives Rickie Lee her most commercial edge since ‘Chuck E‘sin Love’. with the soft reggae of ‘Love is Going to Bring Us Back Alive‘ complementing the spacey. off-the-wall rhythms of ‘Ghetto ofMy Mind‘. As for the rest of

the rest ofthe album suffers from a lack of focus. where a pruning of the musical content for some good ideas and great melodies may have helped. Perhaps this album suffers from too long having been spent on it. but it is a brave. ifnot entirely fruitful. attempt at something more thoughtful and less commercial than their previous records. (JW)

I AR Kane: I (Rough Trade) Ofcourse this double set could have been condensed into a single album. but AR Kane's mad torrent ofcreativity throws up a satisfying number of gems. It couldn‘t start off on a better foot than ‘Love From Outer Space'. which reprocesses 70s dance music with more energy and imagination than others have dared. and the momentum carries us through the predictable lapse into their trademark langurous dub before we're hit with another highlight. The number of musical references one could make from [would look like a join-the-dots chart gone mad but it would be an index of possibilities. not riffs or textures. lsthisthe first record of the 90s? (AM)

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I The Snapdragons: Dawn Raids on Morality (Native) The Snapdragons recent

the mix. butcrucial. especially on the almost swing-like rhythms of ‘Below this Level' and the prime Can of‘I loolah Iloolah'. Can are never trying to blow your mind. though. only tease. puzzle and play forone's listening pleasure. It's not too late to catch on. (AM)

I Nicky Skopelitis: Next To

Nothing (Venture) Guitarist Skopelitis is joined by longtime associate bassist Laswell and visiting Brits Ginger Baker and Fred Frith for this engrossingly unclassifiable set. Rhythms of various ethnic origins blend with Skopelitis‘s terse slide work and Fred‘s nagging violin in the midst ofbig Bill's typically cavernous metal production job. The result is musicof shimmering. compulsive intensity. (TJ)

I John Zorn: Spy vs Spy (Elektra Musician) Released at last after interminable delays. but don't miss this one. Zorn transposes the music of ()rnette Coleman to an initially shocking hardcore format. but in the midst of land speed record percussion the indestructible melodic zest of the compositions remains intact. Napalm

some evidence of compositional flair would consolidate the arrival ofa very promising talent. Vigorous stuff. (TJ)

I Courtney Pine: A Vision's

1 Tale (Antilles) As ifin

response to the cautious response of the critics. here's Courtney proving his maturity with a sax plus rhythm. standards plus originals date recorded in America with

topnotch company.

Presenting a firmer grasp of internal dynamics than his previous post-Coltrane speed demon incarnation. Pine wrestles respectably with the ghostsof Iillington. Pres. Rollins et al. producing music that's sprung with the young man's tense concentration. Ironically though. it‘s when he learns to relax. like the marvellous. practised hand of pianist Ellis

Marsalis. that he produces

his most affecting statement. an unhurried. achingly emotive ballad reading of Skylark. The sound ofprogress being made. (TJ)

I Neil Young: Freedom (Reprise) As with Dylan's ()li Mercy. the rumours turnout to be totally correct Neil Young has made his first brilliant album for years. Freedom takes three tracks from the acclaimed Japanese import Iz‘ldorado and


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34 The List 27 October 9 November 1989