Reviews in 200 Words

The Great Escape Artist, Jane’s Addiction

In Album on October 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Just a few chords into this album, and you’ve got the same sound that still has you chiming in every time you hear “Jane Says.” That’s kind of remarkable, really, with all the changes that this band has gone through since “Nothing’s Shocking;” they’ve maintained a kind of trademark. This has always been the band that everyone really wanted to keep alive: they’ve gotten help from their friends (namely, NIN, Flea, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Dave Sitek, of TV on the Radio), and have certainly evolved. Even though this is only their fifth studio album in over twenty years, they’ve always been in the background, making solid moves for the alternative/Lollapalooza scene. It’s almost as though they’ve made their own genre: they used to fit in between categories, and now they are a category. Their albums always seem to have one song that especially breaks away from the rest–as though they’re willing to remind us that they’re more versatile than we can imagine. Here, it’s “Broken People.” A rocking song, but a harsh-slap-of-reality narrative. And this is why we keep loving this band. They’re smart: they’ve aged and evolved and they’re redefining what an album can do.

-Micah Ling

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