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On Living Colour’s final outing, 1993’s Stain, the band’s members got so pissed off—with the world and, more noticeably, each other—that the album divided into sparring halves: speed-metal chords and snarling directives clashing wildly with firm hiphop grooves and progressive axmanship. When the group split in ’94, you wondered where guitarist Vernon Reid and lead wailer Corey Glover, the group’s outspoken originators, had disagreed. On Mistaken Identity, Reid’s inaugural solo effort, co-produced by Miles Davis cohort Teo Macero and De La Soul’s Prince Paul, the answer is immediate: The album-opening “CP Time,” with Reid’s upbeat meandering over scratched samples of both the Time and John Lee Hooker, signals a journey to a soulful urban landscape. While several of the 16 tracks are worthy of serious attention (the awkwardly designated “Saint Cobain” skips pity but honors Kurt’s edgy talent with a searing riff and a Malcolm X soundbite), Reid spends too much time experimenting with annoying studio tricks (foreign language snippets, comedy sketches, mock commercials, hidden tracks). The titles of lesser tunes often give their value away: “Call Waiting to Exhale,” “Important Safety Instructions (Mutation 2),” and “You Say He’s Just a Psychic Friend” being most suspect. But there’s plenty to enjoy here, too, and you get the feeling with the closing “Unborne Embrace,” a gentle cross-stitch of e-bow and orchestra, that Reid’s headiest output sits in the not-so-distant future. —Sean Daly