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** 1/2 Fun Lovin' Criminals, "100% Colombian," Virgin.

May 08, 1999|NATALIE NICHOLS

A dense brew of smarmy soul, hip-hop bravado, funky beats, R&B horns and bluesy rock, the New York trio's second album salutes everything from neighborhood landmarks to Barry White with laid-back wit. Though the raucous punk of "10th Street" tempers all the grooviness, some lightweight introspection and the creepy funk-noir tale of "Southside" serve only to dampen the party mood.

* 1/2 Silverchair, "Neon Ballroom," Epic.

Put away those dancing shoes. Australia's veteran teen trio channels the angst and bombast of Nirvana, without the tedium-alleviating hooks that made Kurt Cobain and company more than a blip on the pop radar. Dirges and grinding anthems are further dulled by overblown string arrangements and singer-guitarist Daniel Johns' constipated howling, which remains unaffecting even in more galvanizing moments such as "Anthem for the Year 2000." Whatever, never mind.--N.N.

Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor); two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.

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