Critics' Choice: May 8, 1989

MUSIC

PHOEBE SNOW: SOMETHING REAL (Elektra). Real is right: ten raw and lyrical bits of musical autobiography from one of the '70s' best singer-songwriters. On the evidence, she should be flourishing in the '90s too.

SIMPLE MINDS: STREET FIGHTING YEARS (A&M). Superb rock with a big thematic reach and the rhythm to boost its high ambitions. Belfast Child, a heart-torn vision of the Irish troubles, is more evocative, and more devastating, than a hundred editorials or a thousand speeches.

MADONNA: LIKE A PRAYER (Sire). The title track is creating all the fuss, but this is a fine pop album, with a...

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