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e It H Hlirt(lliy F4 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1996 LOS ANGELES TIMES Versatile Fugees Wrap Up Some Classics , pop" FUGEES "The Score" Columbia ' ,'The New Jersey rap trio clears up a few misconceptions on its Second album. The first is that because of its occasional leanings toward live instruments, its music falls into the nebulous "alternative rap" category. Second, that emcee Lauryn Hill is the group's only asset. And third, that its hit "yocab" was some strange fluke. K"The Score" succeeds on all counts. As a cohesive unit, Hill, Mtyclef Jean and Prakazrel Michel complement one another like no rap trio since A Tribe Called Quest. Their specialty is matching a gymnastic rhyme flow and rock-solid beats with expert crooning. Original songs such as "The Score," "Zealots" and "Fu-Gee-La" score some points, but novel remakes of R&B and reggae classics really set the Fugees apart. Hill's blissful vocal turn at "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and Jean's evocative reconstruction' of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" mark the Fugees as versatile musical talents, proving that young rappers have a lot more on their minds than profit-driven nihilism. CHEO HODARI COKER The Pogues, "Poguema-hone," MesaBlue Moon. When He loved her. i He lost her. He won't let her ' memory f die... I until it tells him ; who killed her. RAY LIOTTA LINDA FIORENTINO i mmwmmtwmwmkmmm in inn "Winn imiiis m Visit the Unforgettable .fail's I iiii i'SIi WCSTMODEIB munmaoEm canwv cnYQB MOT CHINESE 3ioi mm IB Huim.n nu m-SM EMTSKW lift) Ml UK Ctrttfyll IH0H444BZ 13101 nut oo. sn,;so, 0M.ri16.?. MO. IA 11.03 . GouuHusem ItamtBX , (t0 707-M61 . 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MacGowan's gruff voice was grit-tily poetic, his slurred vocals rough-and-tumble and his lyrics (if you could make them out) were among the best of any rock songwriter's. But since MacGowan's departure five years ago, the Pogues seem a mere ghost of what they once were, and the gaps on their seventh album seem bigger than the ones between their former frontman's teeth. Spider Stacy attempts to sing like MacGowan but sounds uncomfortable in the role of bar-stool romantic. It's only in ballads, such as "I'll Love You to the End," that he relaxes and finds a tone of beautiful melancholy. The music has also lost much of its bite. Some numbers sound almost new age, thanks to an airy whistle, while others sound like dull FM-rock with a dash of Irish flavor. 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But the best tracks in this attractive mix of pop-oriented and traditional-sounding tunes are those that remain closest to Clannad's Donegal roots. DON HECKM AN New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). rWZ I SMRMMOAKSriB General Ctnema SliermanOahx (till 9664660 CDSrWlHUPr Mami (10515134711 m TH0USAM00JUCS UmtedArtisbMnvws (051497-6701X01 mraFWAKE Unrted Artists 061 Am (310)542-7301 cairuMO !wosllolar)l (909I9KV3336 .UENCUEZB Edwardl EOwanM RanaBCucamcnqa (9091 9196697 BH mmvEKioc UnUdAHjitt Park Son (90935999S CDnrxiiKmLLi MCUbngHiW (310)3265511 .SJWBEnURfJMO SteeoOiema6 (9O942540SteiB swjcwTorlll3 MHra 12 1909)4174552 mSVJ0MI(TTU)(0 EMrnk FrancacaftFlaa 1714)6614111 mswunoNsra EOMrdi Madonna Bail 6) 544-3481 4 SANTA MM E1B EdwarAHunon Carter 1714)662 2266 SAmAUlPaMMEID PaseoNuM BUM 963450 aiSAIITARSFWICS Mam! 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The elder Livingston later administered the oath of office to George Washington and helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. Livingston sees the production as an opportunity to redeem himself from a lackluster acting debut in high school. "I had two lines, and I mixed them up," he said. The production's single performance at Washington's D.A.R. Constitution Hall brings together nine past and present members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, who appear alongside professional cast members in a benefit staged by the Washington Symphony Orchestra. , , The musical, which made its debut in 1969, opens with John Adams' observation that "one useless man is called a disgrace, two are called a law firm and three or "ititizit mmtmmmimii, tsmtmmmmmmr - Jota brtl, SATIU TltWt : SMOOINDOCTWOX ASiiiraops'.TiiriEajiiimp: -nannannKBinaa - mi ntinr, mmma in nitwc BEAimnauf ooiectq by oifs to nm SCEfiE TO LASl DEEPU M"PAiCriIArL" ml ml mm ceNTuttcmr CtmpMx Odton Crtntury Pktua Onm UNIVERSAL CITY ClnaoMx Odeoo UnrvtjrK dry Ctwras R1 1:20 430 7:30 Sot-Sun 10:15AM1:204:30 3KV5S3-4291 Dairy 130 4:15 7:30 10:5OPM DOKV 1:45 4:30 7:00 ft 9 45 PM MorWM 1 20520 810ft 7:15 10:00PM Fft-Sat Lokt SlKNV 12:30 AM TtHMi 5?08 104 10.40 ALHAMSM Edwordt ABontK Potoce 10 618458-8663 ANAHEIM HftLS EdwoKfs Anorwim HiHs FestivolS 714285-5959 AKEtSf rftD UnHed Amstt Bsrnofd ShM 805873 0292 MHAUrWodArlHM Morkstpiacs 714529 9036 6UttANK AMC MM CenW No 6 81.V953 9800 CAMAItfUO EthrartJl COSTA MESAedwonk Tnonate Square 8 714574-7755 It CENTtO camonwo paoa 12 Qmrnoi 805383-8866 Cf ttlTOS eMm Cemios lOCiosmas CfMt 619353-2200 ENC1N0 toemn I Town Cm 5 8)8981 9811 FONT ANA faworos fontono 8 909356-5666 OtENDALf Norm 8 Ifwawi at flu tufatm 818549 0045 HdX 310403-1133 CHttW Movws 6 909464-1200 CMNOVAUEY 90928-1500 COftOfUftfcrartfe Corona 1 1 Ctrwnai 909279-1)60 COtONA MENDOtA Mam 6 616914 2817 Prorrwoal Cmima 6 909273-9973 ACADEMY, PQA AND BAFTA MEMBERS: Your cord more become a congress." The idea to invite the nation's' lawmakers to act in the production was developed by the orchestra's artistic director, Martin Piecuch. "We knew it was a hit idea when the program was presented to the board," said Charlotte Woods, the orchestra's executive director. "It just grew from there." Tickets have sold out, Woods said, and "many have suggested we make this an annual event." Livingston has had 14 years to polish his theatrical skills on the floor of the House of Representatives, and the practice appears to have paid off. Other cast members predit him with one of the best singing voices in the production. Livingston himself assesses his talent somewhat differently. "I'm just loud," he said during a break in rehearsals. Sen, Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), whose previous acting credits include the films "In the Line of Fire," "Die Hard II" and "Hunt for Red October," plays John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the declaration. Sen. 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Repy John Tanner (D-Tenn.) as Rhflde Island's Stephen Hopkins; and Rep.-', Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as Mafy! land's delegate and future Supreme; Court Justice Samuel Chase Rep- Bob Clement (D-Tenn.) stars as Dr. Lyman Hall, delegate from Georgia, and former Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-Mich.) plays' Delaware delegate Col. Thomas McKean. ... ' The protocol and respect of the-; congressional halls don't existv here; during a recent run-through of a scene where the la workers J dance a minuet while singing "Cool, Cool Considerate Men, the,' conductor repeatedly bellowed'; commands: "You have to keep it, together!" and "No relaxing until '. you're offstage!" Among the challenges facing1 executive producer Arlene Hersotiy and director Robert Brenner, who . also plays the lead role of JohnJ Adams, has been bringing the en-i .semble together for rehearSd)s,2 which have been going on every : Tuesday night since December.' But for those who wonder why j ": member of Congress would cormmsjiv so much time for the fleeting famrl of performing, Clement offef orlev explanation: ; "Politics is a very uncertain life," Clement said. "You need t&'; t explore new possibilities." " . AN IMCrST FILM TiLtf E,"3 l nr,viio0fiwi,:3Tic:i,ujt:',;; . "iziziziM A CUilR W1D CtM!N RIIVI. TWO OF Tlil - r GUTSIEST PERFOIATJCES YDlfll EVER Si". - mm Movsoniu, kiiiw rusi "zi PENN DOES UNUMAZirJB JOB." 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