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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Making a list? Checking it twice? Here are some guidelines to keep befuddled spouses, parents of teenagers and others on the right track.

Calendar's pop staff surveyed 40 of the nation's most popular or critically acclaimed albums.

December 08, 1996|Robert Hilburn

**** R.E.M., "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," Warner Bros. In its most powerful moments, the album shares some of the stark obsession of U2's "Achtung Baby," another record that alludes to rock-star isolation without identifying it as such.

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Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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