Music: Young, Restless and Ageless

Xzibit aspires to allegory, LeAnn Rimes just aspires, and Tom Petty proves there's plenty left in his tank

In the history of Madonna/whore complexes, no one has accomplished as much in 61 minutes as Xzibit has on his wobbly fourth album, Man Vs. Machine. On the exuberantly lascivious Choke Me, Spank Me (Pull My Hair) Xzibit is as straightforward as his title--a night with him is not about cuddling, ladies--while on Missin' U he tells his dear, departed mother, "What I wouldn't give for one more day with you." Xzibit claims this contradiction is part of an allegory (Man Vs. Machine is apparently a concept album about the difficulty of maintaining both underground and mainstream success), but it's an...

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