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The only thing missing was one of West’s legendary on-stage rants

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The best track on Chasing Yesterday is “Lock All the Doors”

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Most of Pops’ material sticks to the familiar gospel themes of fellowship and striving with a few modern twists thrown in

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Adam Granduciel's band are reinventing a genre with raw musicianship

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