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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|D. James Romero

*** TRICKY, "Pre-Millennium Tension," Island. It smokes with the slow-burning hip-hop reminiscent of the rapper-producer's recent work, and sizzles with his trademark cynicism and paranoia. But it's not the kind of genre-buster Tricky has trained his fans to expect.

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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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