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Onstage, Mos Def is just as perplexing as his new album
[Chicago Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Popular music; Musical performances -- Mos Def
Author: Lurie, Matthew
Date: Dec 7, 2004
Start Page: 2
Section: Metro
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Mos' new record uses his rock band, Black Jack Johnson, to interesting effect, but Sunday, Mos tried to carry the burden alone. On "The Panties," where Marvin Gaye is not-so-subtly sampled, Mos handled his moment of intimacy with a lover to dizzying effect. But his countless improvised, rambling excursions, during this song and throughout, made the night both excitingly spontaneous and, just as often, a tedious bore.

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