Bon Jovi: Yes, Bon Jovi, New Jersey's other big pop name and, really, not one known for political protest, had something to say about terrorism on Undivided, the opening tune of Bounce, the band's eighth studio album. The song is a guitar-shredding call to arms, machismo to the hilt. It's followed by Everyday, a tune celebrating the spirit of independence.
Sleater-Kinney: Critics darling Sleater-Kinney tackles terrorism on several tunes on One Beat, the all-girl trio's sixth album. Far Away recalls watching Sept. 11's tragedy through the perspective of a new mother, singer-guitarist Corin Tucker. Combat Rock pleads for folks to not get caught up in war mongering. On the bluesy foot stomper Step Aside, the girls suggest we all "shake a tail for peace and love."
Wu-Tang Clan: Rappers Wu-Tang Clan released Rules, a tune calling for retribution to "the man behind the World Trade massacre," and in true rap community spirit, vows, "Fly that (bleeping) plane over my 'hood and get blown to bits!"
Sonic Youth: A staple of the downtown New York scene for 20 years, alt-rockers Sonic Youth were barred from their studio near the World Trade Center after Sept. 11 while recording their 16th album, Murray Street. Once back in the studio, the disc went in a different direction and became a celebration of the indomitable New York spirit.
Tori Amos: Like Springsteen's The Rising, Amos' Scarlet's Walk is a post 9/11 concept album. Hers chronicles the travels of the fictional Scarlet, who roams the country in search of her beliefs after the tragic day. The haunting I Can't See New York is told from the perspective of a passenger on one of the airplanes that crashed into the Twin Towers.
_ GINA VIVINETTO