Critical Moment

MUSIC D'Angelo, 'Voodoo'(Cheeba Sounds) Despite that nude video, he's not faking the funk; "Voodoo" conjures up Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye. The result: pure black magic. V.C. (5 stars)

Shelby Lynne, 'I Am Shelby Lynne' (Island) Lynne blows off a half-baked country career with a soulful, bluesy, rapturous declaration of independence. D.M.G. (4 stars)

Clinton, 'Disco & the Halfway to Discontent' (Luaka Bop) Cornershop spinoff veers Beckishly from parody to hommage. Dumb music for smart people. D.M.G. (3 stars)

Billy Lee Riley, 'Shade Tree Blues' (Icehouse) The '50s rockabilly legend has become a reverently idiomatic bluesman, in the lean, lonesome style of Slim Harpo. D.G. (4 stars)

BOOKS Colin Thubron, 'In Siberia'(HarperCollins) A cinematically evocative, often heartbreaking account of one of the world's wildest, loveliest places--and one of its worst vacation destinations. D.G. (4 stars)

'Letters From the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross' (Modern Library) The New Yorker's ornery founder wrote as well as he edited and to recipients as varied as E. B. White and Harpo Marx. M.J. (4 stars)

MOVIES Eye of the Beholder An unforgettably bad thriller about an intelligence agent (Ewan McGregor) and a coldblooded man-killer (Ashley Judd), both of whom are half nuts and crying on the inside. J.G. (1 star)

TV & VIDEO Two of Us(VH1, Feb. 1) It's 1976, and Paul McCartney (Aidan Quinn) pays a surprise visit to John Lennon (Jared Harris). It never really happened, but it's hard to imagine it being more fun than this. M.P. (3 stars)

Mary and Rhoda (ABC, Feb. 7) After 23 years, Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) and Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) reunite. Too bad they didn't bring any of their zippy sitcom writers. M.P. (2 stars)

ART Cecily Brown(Gagosian Gallery, N.Y.; to Feb. 19) She's young, sexy, British and the art world's new new thing. Her paintings are big, brushy and bold. But they're also strangely empty and lightweight. P.P. (2 stars)

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