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Short Takes

EW reviews four new albums -- We take a closer look at music by Penetrators, Lyrics Born, Marcus Miller, and Fall Out Boy

EW reviews four new albums

SHORT TAKES

PENETRATORS Basement Anthology 1976-84

With snotty anthems like ''Teenage Lifestyle,'' these crass clowns from Syracuse, N.Y., may be the swellest punk band you've never heard. Think the Dictators as smart-aleck townies instead of wiseass Bronx boys. It's that good. A-

LYRICS BORN Same !@#$ Different Day

The motormouth MC's solo debut, 2003's Later That Day. . ., is reborn on this funkdafied addendum featuring a blend of remixes and fresh tracks. With friends like DJ Shadow and KRS-One lending their talents, It's anything but the same !@#$. B+

MARCUS MILLER Silver Rain

Miller's electric bass slaps, swings, skitters, and sings through this mixed bag. Covers range from nostalgia (''Frankenstein'') to inspired tribute (Hendrix's ''Power of Soul''). Eric Clapton can't rescue the weak-kneed reggae of the title track, but bittersweet neo-soul infuses ''Behind the Smile.'' B

FALL OUT BOY From Under the Cork Tree

Peppy pop-punk aimed at the Warped Tour crowd. If the infectious songs don't get you, the snarky titles will — including ''Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Title of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued'' and our favorite, ''Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner.'' B+

Originally posted Apr 25, 2005 Published in issue #817-818 Apr 29, 2005 Order article reprints
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