Saturday, December 20, 2003

Living Colour: "CollideOscope"
(3 1/2 stars)
A decade has passed since Living Colour's last album, but the band obviously hasn't been fallow in the intervening years. There's a dash of humor in the pulsating cover of AC/DC's "Back in Black," but "Collide0scope" otherwise is a serious effort punctuated with wry social commentary.
The quartet displays a wealth of musical styles, too, all of which get the branding-iron treatment from guitar wiz Vernon Reid, who's equally comfortable with thundering riffs ("Nightmare City"), subtle, jazzy touches ("Flying") and fire-and-brimstone leads ("Lost Halo").
James Healy, Union-Tribune

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