Higher Learning

Genre: Soundtracks; Lead Performer: Various Artists

Higher Learning — which accompanies a hip-hop-generation-meets-white supremacists film — is appropriately filled with clashing aesthetics, so that the juxtaposition of workaday cuts by Ice Cube and Liz Phair makes sense. A power-tool-in-your-ear contribution by Rage Against the Machine (”Year of the Boomerang”) is strong enough to nearly erase the memory of Tori Amos’ hysterical, deeply off version of R.E.M.’s ”Losing My Religion,” on which she sounds like she’s auditioning for a soap-opera role. B+

Originally posted January 13 1995 — 12:00 AM EST

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