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Volume 68, Issue 56, Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Pearl Jam brings ‘Riot,i Jay-Z adds to ‘Blueprinti

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
The Daily Cougar

Pearl Jamis eighth studio album Riot Act hits stores today, and fans might not want to waste any time getting their hands on this one.

Dealing with everything from love to death and even politics, the boys from Seattle have composed 15 tracks that strike a power chord sweeter than the word Jeremy spoke in class that day.

Also finding his way back to the CD shelf is none other than the Jigga Man himself, Jay-Z. With The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, Jay-Z tries to follow up his masterful MTV Unplugged album with a double album sure to have stereo systems bumpini.

Included on The Blueprint 2 are such artists as Faith Evans, Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce Knowles and Memphis Bleek. Knowles and Jay-Z collaborated on the 2Pac cover "‘03 Bonnie & Clyde," of which the decision to remake such a classic track stirred up controversy.

Nevertheless, this Jay-Z produced some rap gems. 

Phil Collins returns with Testify, his first solo album in six years. With originals "Wake Up Call" and "Swing Low," and the Billy Nicholls cover "Canit Stop Loving You," Collins attempts to re-create himself with more electronic sounds while still trying to stay true to his original post-Genesis style. Another English import releases a new one today. Elton Johnis latest greatest hits album, Greatest Hits 1970-2002, includes two discs of the flamboyant artistis classic material and a third disc with four live tracks.

Songs "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Bennie And The Jets," "I Guess Thatis Why They Call It The Blues," "Blessed" and "I Want Love" are all included on the album. The live disc includes "Candle In The Wind," "Donit Let the Sun Go Down On Me" with George Michael, "Live Like Horses" with Luciano Pavarotti and "Your Song" with Alessandro Safina.

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