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THE FAMILY STAND Connected (EastWest) On their first album since 1991’s Moon in Scorpio, a slightly reconfigured Stand (with Jacci McGhee replacing vocalist Sandra St. Victor) return, minus much of the social consciousness and polyglot rock-funk-jazz-rap spirit that once distinguished them. What’s left is a group with an intuitive grasp of what made ’70s R&B superior to its ’90s counterpart, but not a clue how to elevate their retrofitted grooves beyond pastiche. B-

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