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CD reviews

Transcendental Youth, by The Mountain Goats; 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, by Kurt Elling; 119, by Trash Talk

NY Times News Service

The real tension, therefore, is between inclusion and interiority. Trash Talk comes from the exceedingly dogmatic and rigorous world of hard-core, but has widened its appeal, even as it’s largely kept its sound intact. 119 though, suggests this group’s version of Metallica’s self-titled 1991 crossover album (sometimes called The Black Album), which is the release that took that band from kings of a small world to ambassadors to a bigger world and, to some, traitors.

That album sold 15 million copies; this one won’t. But it’s still an eye-opening document of a wise, private group beginning to learn how to be porous and starting to let the outside in — only to assault it with resentment and hope, but still.

— JON CARAMANICA, NY Times News Service

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