The Great Escape Artist [CD]
- Artist: Jane's Addiction
- SKU: 3418264
- Release Date: 10/18/2011
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Well Worth the WaitNovember 19, 2011
For those seeking a reprise of the original Jane's Addiction sound, my advice to you: go build a time machine and travel back to the late 80s. While this album does have a distinctive Jane'sish sound, it is not the SAME as those classic albums from '86-90. If it were the same I would be disappointed. They have obviously mellowed and grown with time and while you can't mistake the sound for someone else, without Eric Avery on bass it could not possibly be the SAME, and with twenty years of water under the bridge, the sound has evolved. Other influences are apparent: it's a bit more heavy with riffs that are quite metallic compared to their earlier work, but also a soaring pop vibe reminiscent of Floyd or Radiohead. I admit to missing some of that acoustic tribal beat that one hears on "Jane Says" or the dark and thick sound served up on Nothing's Shocking, which is toned down here. I must say, however, that i gleefully embrace the new as well. This album has a slightly more polished electronic sound, which was disconcerting at first. There is still the tribal beat underneath it all in lots of places, and the psychedelic crescendos when Perry's voice and Dave's guitar soar into the ether are quite literally music to my ears. I especially enjoy "Irresistible Force" and "Broken People" . . . the latter is the only track that resembles a ballad, but even it has some hard and heavy riffs. I would have liked this album even more if there had been a ballad along the lines of "I Would For You" or "Summertime Rolls", something with a more acoustic vibe, but I don't miss it enough to lessen my enjoyment overall. In addition to enjoying this new Jane's sound, I am also once again reminded of what a great lyricist Perry Farrell is. I like little gems like: "You never really change like they say, You only become more like yourself" from 'End to the Lies', or "There's birds up in the tress, My words they want to eat, They wait for me to speak, They swoop in and swallow them down" from 'Words Right Out of my Mouth". I really like Perry's concept in "The Irresistible Force" of the big bang. I think the evolution of Jane's can be seen pretty clearly by comparing the sentiment in "Had a Dad" ("he's not there at all . . .") and the message scribbled on bits of paper and thrown out to the audience during the filming of "Soul Kiss", the infamous Nietzsche quote, "God is dead!" with the line from "Irresistible Force" -- "God is a real man, God is a dad, God is a dad" . . . i could've sworn when i first listened to the song that the lyric was "God is real, man, God isn't dead, God isn't dead". So if you are looking for the darkness and the gloom that appeared in much of their earlier work (i always thought it was ultimately optimistic, just looking out from a place of darkness) you might be disappointed. While there is still a dark edge, the hopeful sentiment appears more clearly, in both the lyrics and the music. I wish i could give it five stars; maybe, despite my admonition to others, it's my own sentimental attachment to their earlier work that prevents me. While it has been a long wait, and their sound has definitely evolved, i would urge Jane's fans and newcomers alike to give it a listen, it HAS been worth the wait. There simply is no other band like Jane's Addiction, and there never will be.
I would recommend this to a friend
Not worth the waitOctober 21, 2011
This effort by Jane's Addiction is simply just not that good. If you're expecting anything reminiscent of the brilliance displayed with Nothing's Shocking or Ritual de lo Habitual, you will be severely disappointed. Overall, it's just subdued... Dave's guitar - subdued; Perry's vocals - subdued... my reaction - subdued.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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