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*** NO DOUBT, "Tragic Kingdom," Trauma/Interscope. A catchy, cannily arranged, stylistically diverse excursion in which bright, enthusiastic music is wed to cautionary tales of relationships breaking under stress.


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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