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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CD REVIEW




Natalie Cole


"Snowfall on the Sahara"


Warner Bros. Records/Soyuz


The saying that nature takes a break when it comes to geniuses' children doesn't apply to Natalie Cole.


Mother Nature seems to have worked almost as hard on Natalie as she did on her dad, jazz legend Nat "King" Cole.


After entering the world of major labels in 1975, this black diva keeps on dominating the U.S. rhythm-and-blues scene with her intense vocals.


Her range is overwhelming and she has a natural talent for building it up, which is best demonstrated in "Reverend Lee." This story of a "strong black sexy southern Baptist minister" seduced by "Satan's daughter" is rather old, but Cole's vocals can still send me into uncontrolled convulsions on a busy street.


Biohazard


"New World Disorder"


Mercury


This would be the perfect soundtrack for a movie about a pimple-faced underdog harassed by a drill sergeant in a college for urban terrorists.


Having once established themselves as princes, if not kings, of North American hardcore, Biohazard just won't walk away from their favorite combination of chain-saw guitars and angry howls.


This latest masterpiece comes as the perfect cross between Metallica and Public Enemy. It's all anyone needs to make a beast out of themselves and relieve themselves of the pain of being human.


It is definitely much better to vent your anger banging your head against the closet door to this New York outfit's "Dogs of War" then keep it all in for weeks only to freak out and stomp your boss in the office toilet one day.


Beborn Beton


"Nightfall"


Strange Ways Records


I somehow thought that electropop died long ago, resting in peace somewhere near where Depeche Mode is now. But I was wrong.


This German outfit keeps on replaying exactly the same kind of soulless electronics that Depeche Mode sold to European teenagers a decade or so ago.


There is probably some kind of ancient Teutonic law that whatever was hot in Britain a decade ago should be born again in Germany.


Everything from t he lyrics to the arrangements of these digitized Teutons bears a striking resemblance to the depressing masterpieces of the British electropop flagship. And the intro of their "Color of Love" track resembles Depeche Mode's "Blasphemous Rumours" so much that you might even think that the former is a cover of the latter.


These CDs are on sale at the following Soyuz stores:


Vsesoyuzny, TsUM, 5th floor, 2 Ul. Petrovka, Tel. 292-5902, M. Teatralnaya.


Salon Amadeus, GUM, 1st floor, 3rd line, 3 Krasnaya Ploshchad, Tel. 929-3344, M. Teatralnaya.


Tsefei, 60A Ul. Sheremetyevskaya, Tel. 937-2629, M. Rizhskaya.


- Simon Saradzhyan