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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

July 14, 1997

--- MUSIC REVIEW ---

'Rent' offers a serious look at life, love

By MICHELLE DRISCOLL     
Tattoo Staff Writer

"Rent" is not your father's rock opera.

Sassier than "Jesus Christ Superstar," hipper
than "Hair," and more today than "Tommy," 
Rent' s 2-CD recording brings together the best
of 90's music with the issues of America's
youth.

This Tony award-winning musical sings of AIDS,
homelessness, and the comforting power of love.
Praising the bohemian lifestyle of the starving
artist, Rent's lyrics are true to life and
unapologetic.

The realistic characters and moving plot line
leave even the most conservative listener
stinging in sympathy for social injustice.
While strongest when listened to in a play
format, the individual songs also hold their own
as singles.

"Seasons of Love," the musical's feature ballad,
has been recorded for radio play with the cast
of Rent and singer Stevie Wonder. It is included
on the album.

Rent is not for the timid, easily offended, or
those who prefer life's volume to be turned down
to level one.


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