Eight years. That’s how long it’s been since Jane’s Addiction’s last album, Strays. Many bands don’t even last that long. Now, 23 years since their first studio album, Jane’s Addiction is releasing their fourth studio album, The Great Escape Artist. But should this band have remained in the past or are their time-proven voices a welcome return to the music scene? Check after the jump for the answer!
Kicking off with Underground, the shortest song on the album, Perry Farrell’s unique, almost raspy voice kicks us off. The song got my toe tapping and my head nodding almost immediately, reminding me of when I used to force my parents to blast Been Caught Stealing when I was but a wee little whelp.
This album has fantastic production. Thick bass, lush guitar soundscapes, and loads of interesting vocal effects make it an album that requires multiple listens, even though I enjoyed the hell out of it on my first playthrough.
I’ll be completely honest and admit that I’m blown away. This album is everything I could’ve wanted and more. At no point while listening was I bored, which might be one of the greatest compliments I can give. While most albums lag in the middle, losing energy that is hard to regain, Jane’s Addiction have ensured that this is not the case by placing some of the strongest songs in the middle.
The Final Word: Over eight years since their last studio album, Jane’s Addiction might have played it safe by only having 10 tracks on The Great Escape Artist, but damn are they all great tracks. Fans of the band and newcomers alike can easily find something to enjoy.
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