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Curtis Mayfield: New World Order

Barney Hoskyns, Request, December 1996

SIX YEARS AFTER the freak onstage accident that paralyzed him from the neck down, Curtis Mayfield, one of soul music's true titans, makes his debut as a Warner Bros. artist. As the music struggles to free itself from the corporate porn of contemporary R&B, the messenger's return couldn't be more timely.

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