October 01, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

After the release of last year’s jazzy ”Pop Pop,” the former new-beat rebel’s shedding of her musical skin once again won’t take anyone by surprise. Unfortunately, this time she has less success. Not only does Traffic lack cohesion, but for longtime fans of Jones’ dark, strung-out songs, the newfound sunny attitude may be disconcerting: kind of like hearing Tom Waits sing Disney standards.

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