Today's Tuesday Listening is about a band that's been around for a long, long time - off and on since 1985. And today is the release of their fourth album.
Before we move on, I'll let that sink in. A band that's been around since 1985. The members are forces in their own right individually. With a lead singer that started Lollapalooza. And this is only their fourth album.
In any case, if we are only to get one album every decade or so from Jane's Addiction, it better be good. This album, The Great Escape Artist, does not disappoint. The first song on the new album, "Underground", makes me want to turn my speakers up as loud as they'll go. It also kind of makes me want to play a bad-ass vigilante in an explosive action movie. But I digress.
In the current single from the album, Irresistible Force, the vocals are as if from someone else in the first few notes. Here, Perry Farrell's vocals are initially reminiscent of "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen before reverting back to unmistakeable and familiar Perry Farrell, but perhaps that's just my brain reverting back to 1990 when Pump Up the Volume came out and so did Ritual de lo habitual. "Jane Says" was still on repeat in my circles at the time as well, so perhaps its my natural inclination to think back to early 90's Jane when I listen to this album.
"Words Right Out of My Mouth" is a hard rocking track that really lets Dave Navarro shine, while "Broken People" is melancholic and much slower than Jane's Addiction fans are accustomed to hearing. Their fans have grown up, and clearly, so has their sound.
Click on song titles above to listen, and you can buy it here: