September 18, 1989 12:00 PM

>COSMIC THING As far as fun, fun, fun goes, the B-52’s approach the Beach Boys at their best in this breezy bit of rock populi. (Reprise)

PAUL’S BOUTIQUE The Beastie Boys rap, rebel and generally rip in an unpredictable, fascinating production that’s the pop-music equivalent of a maelstrom. (Capitol)

A HORSE CALLED MUSIC The old redheaded stranger, Willie Nelson, is in prime form in this collection of appropriately mature country tunes. (Columbia)

THE PROMISE Jazz fusion saxophonist Kirk Whalum fulfills all expectations with a sweet, sinuous album. (Columbia)

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