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Issue: "Iraq: Liberation Day 2004," April 10, 2004

FEELS LIKE HOME
Norah Jones 6 weeks on chart Style
Breathy, after-hours nightclub folk. Worldview
"Now I know I'm ready. / Pour the night into a glass. / Can I sip it slow and make it last?" Overall quality
Tweaks the hushed contours of Miss Jones's octuple-platinum debut just enough to ensure that her fans feel they're getting something new. THE PASSION SOUNDTRACK
John Debney 3 weeks on chart
Style Eerie Middle Eastern-sounding aural panoramas, majestic and gut-churning by turns. Objectionable material
None, obviously, although the graphic black-and-white insert photo of Christ crucified may be inappropriate for children. Worldview
See titles ("Bearing the Cross," "The Stoning," "Song of Complaint," "Flagellation/Dark Choir/Disciples," "Crucifixion"). Overall quality
Suitable for prayer, Bible reading, examining one's conscience, dying to one's self. FALLEN
Evanescence 43 weeks on chart Style
Gothic melodrama, muscle-bound metal. Worldview
Apparently Christian, given Amy Lee's demand of salvation from Christ ("Tourniquet") and Ben Moody's thanking of Him (the liner notes); apparently not quite Christian, given Mr. Moody's now infamous comments in Entertainment Weekly last year: "We're actually high on the Christian charts, and I'm like, What the [obscenity deleted] are we even doing there?" Overall quality
Takes itself too seriously. INTO THE NOW
Tesla 1 week on chart Style
Blue-collar metal for the red states. Worldview
"As the world crashes down, heaven's looking better everyday. / As the sky turns to brown, there's gotta be another way. / Is our God looking down, and does He feel everybody's pain?" ("Heaven Nine Eleven"). Overall quality
As fanfares for the common metal fan go, not bad. CLOSER
Josh Groban 19 weeks on chart Style
The Lloyd-Webber musical meets the PBS fundraiser. Worldview
"Like the sound of silence calling, / I hear your voice and suddenly I'm falling, / lost in a dream. / Like the echoes of our souls are meeting, / You say those words, my heart stops beating.... / At times I can't move. / At times I can't hardly [sic] breathe." Overall quality
With songs in Italian, Spanish, and English, the United Nations of clichés.

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