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Strays [Bonus DVD]
     

Strays [Bonus DVD]

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by Jane's Addiction
 
While it's been more than a decade since Perry Farrell last used the Jane's Addiction moniker for a studio foray, he clearly hasn't lost sight of what made that band such an archetype for countless freak-flag flyers in its heyday. Even more important, Strays indicates that Farrell and company aren't particularly interested in

Overview

While it's been more than a decade since Perry Farrell last used the Jane's Addiction moniker for a studio foray, he clearly hasn't lost sight of what made that band such an archetype for countless freak-flag flyers in its heyday. Even more important, Strays indicates that Farrell and company aren't particularly interested in merely going through the motions in order to create something on the order of a Nothing's Still Shocking. Yes, the singer is prone to improbable vocal gymnastics, and guitarist Dave Navarro is as likely as ever to unspool riffs that act more like hydraulic drills than muscle cars -- as on the dizzying opener, "True Nature" -- but Strays isn't an exercise in nostalgia. For one thing, Farrell is less intent on flaunting his decadent streak -- the undulating "The Riches" is downright sunny, borderline Summer of Love, in its praise of life's simpler, more honest pleasures. Yeah, there are outbursts of venom, such as "Wrong Girl," which uses a badass rhythm to emphasize the tale of a badass gal, but even there, the band's mood isn't unrelievedly black. Just as importantly, drummer Stephen Perkins and newly recruited bassist Chris Chaney lock together with the same loopy urgency that Perkins and Eric Avery managed in Jane's original incarnation -- especially on the frothing "Hypersonic." As cuddly as it is mangy, Strays shows Jane's Addiction to be well within reach of having nine lives.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The last time that Jane's Addiction headlined Lollapalooza behind a high-profile album was, of course, 1991. Much changed in 12 years, though, and the declining fortunes of Perry Farrell's breakthrough festival during the summer of 2003 were matched by a return from three-fourths of the original Jane's Addiction lineup on its third full album, Strays. Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Eric Avery (who declined his reunion invitation) had been a vision of '80s musical heaven since their studio debut, 1988's Nothing's Shocking. Farrell's art-school intelligence and originality made the band interesting, while Navarro's and Perkins' background in heavy metal (they're both significantly younger than Farrell) gave the band punch, adding the melodicism of power pop and the constant riffing of thrash. Strays is undeniably a Jane's Addiction record, and a powerful one at that. Farrell's regal, echo-laden vocals are intact (and out in front like never before), as are Navarro's ragged, lyrical guitar solos. This set of majestic jams is influenced by Farrell's second Porno for Pyros LP, Good God's Urge, a mystical mishmash of musical feelings and textures. The allure of Jane's Addiction is undiminished by Strays; this is still a band creating music unlike any other group on earth.
Rolling Stone - Jon Pareles
After years of reunion gigs and tours, Jane's Addiction have finally come up with music that can stand alongside their previous albums.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
An ambitious, exuberant effort.... [Navarro and Farrell's] compelling chemistry transforms Strays into the stuff of which comeback dreams are made. (B+)
NME - Simon Lewis
'Strays' is one of the best rock albums of 2003. (8)

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724359018607
catalogNumber:
90186

Tracks

  1. True Nature
  2. Strays
  3. Just Because
  4. The Price I Pay
  5. The Riches
  6. SuperHero
  7. Wrong Girl
  8. Everybody's Friend
  9. Suffer Some
  10. Hypersonic
  11. To Match the Sun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane's Addiction   Primary Artist
Bob Ezrin   Percussion,Keyboards
Perry Farrell   Vocals
Mike Finnegan   Organ
Dave Navarro   Guitar,Piano
Scott Page   Saxophone
Stephen Perkins   Percussion,Drums
John Shanks   Mandolin
Chris Chaney   Bass,Piano
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Aaron Embry   Keyboards,Kalimba
Kim Hill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David J   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Perry Farrell   Composer,Programming
Dave Navarro   Composer
Stephen Perkins   Composer
Brian Virtue   Programming,Producer,Engineer
P.R. Brown   Image Manipulation
Joseph Bishara   Programming
Martyn Lenoble   Composer
James Murray   Programming,Engineer
Chris Chaney   Composer
Brendan Hawkins   Programming
Leanna Sterios   Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Edmondson   Cover Photo
Aaron Embry   Composer
Alex Gibson   Engineer

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Strays [Bonus DVD] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
in a time when rock music seems to be sinking like the titanic, jane's addiction comes along with an album that is complete and true to the roots of rock music. they don't reinvent the wheel, but they sure do make a good one
Guest More than 1 year ago
Strays has to have the best hard rock i've ever heard. The heavy riffing & bass, & hard vocals are awesome. I give this album 2 thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Strays is amazing. Like fine wine, these cats get better with age, and Chris Chaney is a wonderful addition. Rock on, Guys! You did an incredible job. I listen to this albumn all the time (along with all my other Janes albumns)...I used to party to Janes in college (10 years ago) and the band is an integral part of my genetic makeup now...*hehe*
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't planning on buying this CD I don't have any other JA CD's and have never gotten into them, but out of the blue I decided to get it. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and that had something to do with my decision, but the bottom line is this record rules. It's what I would have wanted STP's No. 4 to be. Awesomely executed. There is obviously major talent in this group. Farrell has an amazing voice and Navarro is crazy on the guitars. Hey, I love the NY renaissance bands, but for pure rock fury, they can't top this one. Good CD, go out and get it. Best tracks: Just Because, The Riches