This is another album which I wrote a really good review of, only to have my computer crash just seconds later. I am beyond feeling hateful over it. I just feel numb. So the following is an all-too-rushed attempt to recreate the art of before without spending more time than nessisary.
The great thing about the internet is that any moron can buy an album and in seconds post an opinion about it. This can be very annoying, especially when the opinion is along the lines of, “I AM THA BIGEST LINKIN PARK FAN EVAH! THIS CD RAWKS! YOU MUST BY THIS NOW OR BURN IN HELL 4EVA!” It doesn’t take anything more than an ability to type to post a review these days. You don’t have to be qualified or certified to run your own little zine and post little reviews like the above. People who don’t know squat about a band can in seconds not only say “this sucks” but also stop people from wanting to check the album out.
Thankfully, I will not write a review like that. However, I am also not familiar with past Jane’s Addiction music. So that qualifies me as a “moron” who is just talking out his ass. Which is fine with me. I am not completely ignorant about Jane’s Addiction. I know their past with dancing transexuals, of hard drug use, of very loose sexual morals, and the very pornographic album covers. Hell, I even know that Farrell got amusement out of letting his penis hang out on stage while twirling around like a queer.
Now, bands break up all the time. For most of them people don’t really give a shit. But Jane’s Addiction is another story. Jane’s Addiction was the band to start the alternative rock movement. People cared and there was mourning. Of course, with every beloved band that decides to go it’s seperate ways, there was wistful lamenting, “How I wish Jane’s Addiction would release yet just one more album…”
Well luck you, you got one. Now, reunion albums are usually a very mixed bag. You know the old saying, “Careful what you wish for, you must might get!” We know that I am have not heard thier old material so am incapable of saying whether or not it compares. However, I can say that these songs are fairly strong.
Now, some people will disagree. They will whine and say, “This doesn’t sound like Ritual de lo Habitual!” Well, tough! It seems that the band has more or less given up hard drugs (though pot is still a routine). And I can tell you that this album cover is far from pornographic (although, Farrell is wearing the sexiest hat I’ve ever seen). It seems like there might be a little change in attitude that translates into a change of music.
Pitchfork Media had the gall to call “Strays” a nu metal project. Apperantly I’m not the only one talking out of my ass. True, there is a loud, slick feel to the production. But it’s still rock n roll. Unlike most other rock albums released recently, this is rock n roll 2003, not 1970. Which is very refreshing to hear on an album not created for repeated radio airplay.
The first half of the record is my favorite. After that the songs sometimes seem to blend into one, which may be due more to my wretched attention span than anything. Some of the songs have a rock anthem feel to them, others slow it down a bit and become more ballad-like.
All in all, I would reccomend this album to my friends who shy away from pornographic covers and other naughty things. Jane’s Addiction has definately become much tamer than before in attitude. All the hardcore fans already have this album, I’m sure, but for everyone else, if you’re looking for a record that rocks like it’s today and not 30 years go, check this out.