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*** Shemekia Copeland, "Wicked," Alligator.

October 22, 2000|MARC WEINGARTEN

Copeland is a classic blues belter, with a brassy wail reminiscent of such singers as Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor. "Wicked" is the kind of standard-issue showcase that labels such as Alligator have been churning out for decades, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Copeland--who headlines the Mint on Tuesday and opens B.B. King's dates in Anaheim and Redondo Beach-- ranges across a number of styles, from the acoustic country blues of "Beat Up Guitar" to the smoky atmospherics of "Up on 1-2-5," without sacrificing an iota of her indomitable bravado.

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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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