Trust No One

Trust No One

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by Dave Navarro
     
 

While it's neither as bracing as his work with Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers nor as cataclysmically creative as the outside work of John Frusciante (who succeeded him in the Peppers), Dave Navarro's first solo outing serves notice that he can…  See more details below

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While it's neither as bracing as his work with Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers nor as cataclysmically creative as the outside work of John Frusciante (who succeeded him in the Peppers), Dave Navarro's first solo outing serves notice that he can express himself perfectly well, even without guitar in hand. Never fear, for most of Trust No One he's got his six-string at the ready, using it to slash through overgrown emotional thickets like those that comprise the gnarled, Middle Eastern-flavored "Rexall" and the sinuous "Not for Nothing." His voice, admittedly not the most polished of instruments, does suit the downtrodden emotional tenor of songs like "Sunny Day" (the most virulent anti-happiness tune to come down the pike in quite a spell) as well as a faithful, eerie rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs." At times, Navarro's use of samples and sequencers threatens to swamp his creations, but in the end, his dark, sometimes depraved vision burns through.

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All Music Guide - Don Kline
In the midst of leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers and reuniting with Jane's Addiction for a tour, Dave Navarro planned on releasing a handful of new material under the name Spread. Rather than progressing forward with the Spread material, he found himself addicted to heroin and isolated from his friends and family. On the verge of self-destruction, Navarro realized that he needed to clean up his life. To begin his healing process, he wrote and recorded new material, confronting the feelings and vices that almost brought his life to an end during a failed suicide attempt. Trust No One is an intimate look into Navarro's macabre past, and unveils his fear of relationships and the complex feelings of abandonment, distrust, and loneliness that have remained with him since witnessing the murders of his mother and aunt at a young age. From the opening bars of "Rexall," the album's first single, to the closing lullaby-like "Slow Motion Sickness," Navarro's smoky tenor voice sounds refreshingly natural and polished. Instead of writing material to showcase his guitar skills, he has concocted an album of fresh and cohesive songs, featuring lush harmonies, driving percussion, and even a generous amount of electronic programming. In addition to handling vocal and guitar work and writing all of the words and music on the album, Navarro also played bass and keyboards and co-produced it. Almost as if to prove himself to his peers as well as his fans, Navarro has crafted a solo debut that lacks any calculated recipe for success. Instead, it exercises his true musicianship, often showing a likeness to other multi-instrumentalist/songwriters like Lenny Kravitz and Pete Yorn. Joining Navarro for the trip is an impressive roster of guest artists, including Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Danny Saber (Black Grape, David Bowie), and Brendan O'Brien; by playing various instruments and mixing the tracks, these musicians give Trust No One a sound reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots on songs like "Hungry," "Mourning Son," and "Slow Motion Sickness." Another one of the album's highlights is a cover of "Venus in Furs," the Velvet Underground song that influenced Navarro so much that he would often play parts of it during interludes at Jane's Addiction shows. Marking the triumph of overcoming his personal tragedies, Dave Navarro has put together a solid and impressive solo debut that shares his questions about love, life, and relationships, while leaving the listener as anxious to find the answers as he is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724353328023
catalogNumber:
33280
Rank:
136029

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Navarro   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Guitar (Baritone)
Jon Brion   Guitar,Voices,Ring Modulator,Slide Bass
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Brendan O'Brien   Bass,Keyboards
Stephen Perkins   Drums
Danny Saber   Bass
Twiggy Ramirez   Bass
Holly Palmer   Voices
Rich Costey   Guitar,Keyboards,Vibes,Hi String
Roy Mayorga   Drums
Mike Elizondo   Bass

Technical Credits

Jon Brion   Introduction
Danny Saber   Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Andrew Slater   Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Plati   Engineer
Jimmy Boyle   Engineer
Rich Costey   Programming,Producer,Engineer
DJ Nu-Mark   Producer,drum programming
George Mimnaugh   Art Direction

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Trust No One 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is there a better guitar player than Dave Navarro. I didn't even care what the songs were about, I just wanted to hear the music. It turns out the songs were just as good as his guitar playing. It's like taking a journey into the mind of a survivor of violent crime. Each song gives a glimpse of the emotions that run through this man. I was Rocked and Rolled on a trip that could only be booked by someone who ''Trusts no One.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Navarro proves he can pull it off all on his own, and then some... His music and words couldn't be any clearer and speak any louder. Oscillating from way down deep and higher than the great blue... Hats off to you Dave...
Guest More than 1 year ago
dave navarro does a great job in this cd and people should stop hating him and start hating carmen electra.He is a GREAT song writer and guitarist. Soooooo leave dave alone jen m.