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Giant Records

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Frankenstein meets the Wolfman. Godzilla meets Rodan. Gilligan meets the Harlem Globetrotters. Warren Zevon meets REM. Wow. Is there a think tank somewhere that dreams this stuff up? What could be better than the Excitable Boy singing Prince's Raspberry Beret backed by the Athenites who put the clang in College Radio?

Liner notes list the hindu love gods as Zevon, Bill Berry, Peter Buck and Mike Mills. Consummate musicians all, these guys shoot out all 10 cover songs with rhythm and blues proficiency. The only hint at their real identities is the occasional jangling guitar chord. One listen to this pop-cum-blues shrine will make you an instant worshiper of the hindu love gods.

_ HELEN A.S. POPKIN

Information Society

Hack

Tommy Boy

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Most of the tracks on Hack, the latest from Information Society, are just screaming for remixes to bring them to their full dance-pop potential. Songs such as Move Out and Think are so radio-ready that they're sure to be in heavy rotation on local radio station playlists by the time you finish reading this.

Though Hack has a harder, more industrialized sound than Information Society's frothy debut album, the New York City-based band has made no new creative inroads. Most of the quartet's experimentation seems to have gone into the album's cover artwork.

Then again, as the Coca-Cola company so painfully discovered, when a formula works successfully, why change it?

_ STEVE DONAHUE

ZZ Top

Recycler

Warner Brothers

++

ZZ Top has done no wrong in the past 10 years, hot-rodding through rock radio and music video, distributing three-chord, tongue-in-cheek blues. Never mind that longtime ZZ Fans are aching for the rock of their Tejas days; you can't shake the formula feel from Recycler.

The album is the expected ZZ Top Combo Plate: a serving of Billy Gibbons' grizzled guitar rhythms and the plodding bass lines of Dusty Hill, both pumped up by the firm backbeat of drummer Frank Beard.

ZZ Top remains the joyride that they've always been: simple, don't-look-back blues rock. Recycler is still worth the cab fare. It's just a trip you've been on before.

_ DAVE HALL

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