"I'll Hit You Back" is full of subtext and soul. The track exudes depth with apologetic lyrics and, as Farrell calls out to "the better man," the allusion to Pearl Jam's "Daughter" is hard to ignore.
The album takes a mellow turn in "Twisted Tales" but not for long. "Ultimate Reason" opens with a kitschy lyric and acoustic sound, only to burst into a rockn’ track. The last track, "Words Right Out Of My Mouth," kisses the crowd good-bye with yet another angry, bouncy, punky, anthem.
The Great Escape Artist is sure to satisfy all those impatient Jane's Addiction fans who have suffered through the recent degradation of the punk genre. What is more, The Great Escape Artist is sure to find fans among the younger audience who, hopefully, are starting to see through the three-chord, eyeliner, pseudo-punk all-stars dominating the current scene. And for those of us who thought altrock was dead, The Great Escape Artist is cause for us to scream out, "FINALLY SOME REAL F$#KING PUNK MUSIC!" Thank you, Jane's Addiction, and welcome back.