December 31, 1999 12:00 PM

When the Pawn…FIONA APPLE

We’ll spare you the full 90-word poem that is the actual title of this sophomore album. But that’s the only flaw on the worldly 22-year-old Apple’s delicious CD. (Clean Slate/Epic)

Mary MARY J. BLIGE

Leaving the vocal gymnastics to contemporary R&B’s numerous show-offs, Blige claims her crown as pop’s new queen of smart, passionate soul. (MCA)

Summer Teeth WILCO

Country-rocker Jeff Tweedy paints his pop masterpiece in vibrant hues. (Reprise)

Fly DIXIE CHICKS

Looks are deceiving. Country’s cookie-cutter cuties are the real deal, full of heart and Texas twang. (Monument)

Get Skintight THE DONNAS

Four witty, adolescent anti-Britneys prove girls can blast out fun, estrogen-fueled garage rock and roll. (Lookout!)

Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer IBRAHIM FERRER

Cuba’s long-lost music treasure, Ferrer, at 72, intoxicates listeners with an album of lushly romantic ballads and boleros. (World Circuit/ Nonesuch)

Utopia Parkway FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE

A piece of pop-rock paradise, paved with harmony and hooks galore. (Atlantic)

On How Life Is MACY GRAY

Soulful single mom Gray (nee Natalie Mclntyre) scores with a funk-and-feeling-filled debut album. (Epic)

Play MOBY

Herman Melville descendant Richard Melville Hall proves techno can be transcendent; his innovative dance tracks are full of human expression and humor. (V2)

The Ego Has Landed ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Britain’s pop-savvy weisenheimer rebounds brilliantly from the demise of his lightweight boy band, Take That. (Capitol)

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