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*** NEW EDITION, "Home Again," MCA. In an attempt to be fair and democratic, the members' individual strengths have been sacrificed. While a New Edition reunion is a welcome concept, better material could have turned it into a major event.

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Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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