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updated 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Morphine

You've heard of the Wall of Sound, the big, reverberant backgrounds that producer Phil Spector layered onto his records of the early '60s? Well, Morphine gives you the Floor of Sound. On its impressive third release, the Boston trio eschews guitar in favor of two-string slide bass, baritone sax and drums to create a unique, bottom-heavy rock sound. The result: Its music, particularly the album's opener, "Honey White," overflows with both the raw, rock edge of the great Eddie Cochran and the smoky, hard-boiled mystery of Raymond Chandler. There are also a few new twists, like the blend of rock and spoken word on "Sharks Patrol These Waters," making this new dose of Morphine a welcome shot in the arm. (Rykodisc)

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