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Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen

updated 06/18/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BREAK THE CYCLE Staind (Flip/Elektra) Signed by Fred Durst to his Flip label, this quartet comes into its own on this introspective follow-up to 1999's multiplatinum Dysfunction, which bleeds emotion on the melancholy "It's Been Awhile" and the tragic "Waste," inspired by a fan's suicide.

THE SOPRANOS: PEPPERS & EGGS Various Artists (Columbia) Family favorites: Bob Dylan ("Return to Me"), Elvis Costello & the Attractions ("High Fidelity), Otis Redding ("My Lover's Prayer") and the Rolling Stones ("Thru and Thru") hit high notes on this spicy two-disc soundtrack.

ODYSSEY NUMBER FIVE Powderfinger (Universal) On their lush U.S. debut, filled with carefully crafted songs about love and loss like "Waiting for the Sun" and "Whatever Makes You Happy," this Brisbane quintet show us what folks Down Under have known all along: Australians do know how to rock.

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