By Tom Lanham
Updated January 07, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Matthews has always sounded like Sting after a six-pack—not necessarily a good thing on record. But live, his chunky funk-pop catches fire, giving him ample room to emote. As happy as he is hammy, he pays improv-heavy tribute to Dylan and Little Feat, and even performs such folk traditionals as ”Long Black Veil.” It’s enough to convert the most dogmatic disbeliever. B

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