In 1988, Living Colour broke down racial barriers at rock radio with its stunning debut, "Vivid." Melding rock, punk, funk and reggae influences with socially conscious lyrics, the New York quartet re

In 1988, Living Colour broke down racial barriers at rock radio with its stunning debut, "Vivid." Melding rock, punk, funk and reggae influences with socially conscious lyrics, the New York quartet released two more albums before splitting up in 1993. While the band's sound is instantly familiar even after a decade , a lot has happened in music since then. As a result, much of what made Living Colour a trailblazer in 1988 has been assimilated or downright stolen by countless other bands. Corey Glover's voice remains as soulful as ever, and Vernon Reid's technical expertise on guitar is still stellar. Yet "Collide0scope" is a mixed bag of an album. While the band connects with the aggressive "A ? of When," the reggae-influenced "Nightmare City" and the Sept. 11, 2001-inspired "Flying," few other songs stand out, save an unnecessary cover of AC/DC's "Back in Black" that is noticeable for all the wrong reasons.—BT