Music: Going for the Goldie

Two British drum-'n'-bass stars put the rhythm back in rock with ambitious new albums

British-born producer-performer Goldie helped bring some rhythm back into rock. His brilliant 1995 album, Timeless, was instrumental in founding the genre of drum 'n' bass--pulsating, mostly danceable music driven by clubland bass grooves and propulsive percussion. Today's rock 'n' rollers are reveling in the groove, from Prodigy's brutal electro-punk, across the musical galaxy to the ska-rock band Smash Mouth's upbeat remake of War's Why Can't We Be Friends? Goldie wasn't the only influence, of course, but the sea change has been profound: if you listen to Yield, the grandfatherly new album by alternative-rock pioneers Pearl Jam, it sounds almost flat-footed next...

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