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Eric Flaum

Steve Wynn’s last solo album was his best work since leading the Dream Syndicate back in the ’80s. But as good as ‘94’s Fluorescent was, it lacked the Syndicate’s aggressiveness. Now Wynn has enlisted hard rockers Come to propel his newest material on Melting in the Dark; the merger may rock too hard for his recent admirers while leaving Come fans underwhelmed. B

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Struggling Chicago alternative club Lounge Ax asked its regular guests to contribute previously unreleased tracks for this album, Lounge Ax Defense and Relocation CD. The result is a good introduction to a wide range of bands, but very little of it represents the impressive lineup at their best. The Jesus Lizard, Rachel’s, and Bad Livers provide the highlights, but efforts from Guided by Voices, Mekons, and Archers of Loaf disappoint. B-

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MARK KNOPFLER Golden Heart (Warner Bros.) Mark Knopfler’s solo debut Golden Heart owes more to recent collaborations and his superb soundtrack work than to the dated rock that rendered Dire Straits irrelevant. Golden Heart is tasteful and understated, emphasizing fluid phrasing over Knopfler’s original tendencies toward exhibitionist guitar virtuosity. There’s a wizened soft-rock maturity that evokes recent Van Morrison efforts, with which it unfortunately shares a pleasant forgettability.

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