The album was the band's first since its 2003 release Strays and features t Dave Sitek contributing bass guitar alongside Chris Chaney
At the outset, The Great Escape Artist lives up to that on-paper potential: Farrell's freak-scene re-indoctrination "Underground" and Avery-directed invective "End to the Lies" (featuring the Joujouka crew) open the album with a pair of promisingly authoritative metallic grinds that sound like they were grafted from the slow-motion mid-section of Ritual de lo Habitual 's "Stop", but with Sitek's chrome-plated textures adding a post-apocalyptic ambience that greatly complements Navarro's eerie six-string squeals
The Great Escape Artist " is the exception. The electronics never overrun the metal vibe Jane's Adddiction is known for. If anything, the electronics enhance the heaviness. The end result is a dazzling album that sucks you in and leaves you enraptured. Considering Jane's Addictio has always been highly experimental anyway, I consider " TGEA " another experiment. As usual, the experiment works well. Dave Navarro doesn't madly shred like he usually does, but his moody guitar parts and brilliant solos are a highlight
The Great Escape Artist (2011) by Jane's Addiction. Genres: Alternative Rock, Neo-Psychedelia Members: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Dave Sitek, Chris Chaney.
Are Jane's Addiction the most on again, off again, back on again band in history? They seem to have split up several times only to re-form a few years later across the course of their literally decades long career. Fast forward to late 2011, past yet another break-up and reformation, and we have The Great Escape Artist, and while it doesn't hit as hard as Strays, it still makes for a very interesting and entertaining ride. It marks a return to their slightly more psychedelic and atmospheric sound of yesteryear, possibly best exemplified by mid album dark groover Twisted Tales, which send shivers down the spine with its ambience. It takes until final track Words Right Out of My Mouth for them to crank the rock a little on this album.
Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). Move on If you are expecting a Jane’s album that sounds anything like Nothing Shocking - you will be bitterly disappointed. On The Great Escape Artist, there are no squealing 5 minute Navarro solos like Ritual. There are no like this you mother ers! from Shocking. There is no Idiots Rule.
At the forefront of Jane’s Addiction’s newest concoction, titled ‘The Great Escape Artist’, it becomes incessantly pushed in the back of everyone’s mind that Farrell & co. are shrouding their sound with electronic cloud amidst the traditional hooks of early 90s prominence. Much can be said the legacy of Jane’s Addiction, but the Farrell’s curios innuendos and Navarro’s guitar work are staples of their sound. Most of this album is consequently trapped under the very audible force. Seeking to crawl out of his hole, Navarro suffers the most, while the bass is considerably a highlight on here, much of the album lacks any type of energetic fervor ‘Strays’ incurred or even the memorable moments of their early 90s work. Navarro does get his moment upon the closer Words Right Out of My Mouth, but it is overdue and eventually unbecoming of the entire atmosphere of the rest of the album.