The biggest standout is Kent's Chrismick, who opens the disc with a bubbling, bongo-backed solo track, "Mac Rebbenack," and plays live instruments for "Gift Rap" from Youngstown's MC Homeless. Behind Homeless' rapid yet lovelorn lyrics, the triple-threat plays a somber piano loop, then softens it with an uplifting sax solo. Cleveland punkers Deaf by Arms crash the party with the drunken acoustic sing-along "Who Needs California When You've Got Ohio?" A comp like this makes it a serious question.
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