Picks and Pans Review: Heaven & Hell

updated 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Joe Jackson

With his breakthrough album, Look Sharp, 18 years behind him, British New Wave trailblazer Joe Jackson has stepped into a new league, bridging the space between popular and classical music. With help from Suzanne Vega, the Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and others, Jackson uses an extraordinarily rich orchestral palette to seize the innards of the Seven Deadly Sins, holding each up for inspection at different angles. Jackson has remained as faithful to Western classical forms (like the passacaglia and fugue) as to the catchy melodies of his early days, turning out an album that is both inspired and thought-provoking. (Sony Classical)

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