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I like Karl Wallinger for a couple of reasons. One is that he can begin a song with the line "I got an extra glimpse of the truth today" and still rescue it from almost certain doom. Another is that he seems to think "Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready" is a protest song. But most of all I like him because I play the new World Party album all the time. Somewhat freed of the self-conscious hippieisms of his first record of some years ago, the ex-Waterboy is in his own territory here, effortlessly constructing lush pop edifices and angular, pithy rock excursions. For the former, check out the reverberating "God on My Side," a nice put-down of religious wackos: "I need your God on my side," he sings. And for the latter, there's "Way Down Now," which takes his Dylanesque vocalizing and overlays it onto one of the giddiest rhythm sections you've ever heard. And over it all is his absolutely first-rate production and dizzying multi-instrumentality. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Kate Garner.

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