Ritual de lo Habitual

Ritual de lo Habitual

by Jane's Addiction
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Ritual de lo Habitual

Ritual de lo Habitual served as Jane's Addiction's breakthrough to the mainstream in 1990 (going gold and reaching the Top 20), and remains one of rock's all-time sprawling masterpieces. While its predecessor, 1988's Nothing's Shocking, served as a fine introduction to the group, Ritual de lo Habitual proved to be even more daring; few (if any) alt-rock bands have composed a pair of epics that totaled nearly 20 minutes, let alone put them back to back for full dramatic effect. While the cheerful ditty "Been Caught Stealing" is the album's best-known track, the opening "Stop!" is one of the band's best hard rock numbers, propelled by guitarist Dave Navarro's repetitive, trashy funk riff, while "Ain't No Right" remains explosive in its defiant and vicious nature. Jane's Addiction always had a knack for penning beautiful ballads with a ghostly edge, again proven by the album closer, "Classic Girl." But it's the aforementioned epics that are the album's cornerstone: "Three Days" and "Then She Did...." Although Perry Farrell has never truly admitted what the two songs are about lyrically, they appear to be about an autobiographical romantic tryst between three lovers, as each composition twists and turns musically through every imaginable mood. And while the tracks "No One's Leaving," "Obvious," and "Of Course" may not be as renowned as other selections, they prove integral in the makeup of the album. Surprisingly, the band decided to call it a day just as Ritual de lo Habitual hit big, headlining the inaugural Lollapalooza tour (the brainchild of Farrell) in the summer of 1991 as their final road jaunt. Years later, it remains one of alt-rock's finest moments.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992599320
catalogNumber: 25993
Rank: 35455

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane's Addiction   Primary Artist
Eric Avery   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric Violin
Ronnie S. Champagne   Bass
Perry Farrell   Vocals
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Stephen Perkins   Drums
John Philip Shenale   Strings
Geoff Stradling   Piano
Eric A.   Bass

Technical Credits

Ronnie S. Champagne   Engineer,Guitar Techician
Perry Farrell   Composer,Producer,Artwork,Cover Art
Dave Jerden   Producer
Tom Recchion   Advisor
Bob Lacivita   Engineer
Kim Champagne   Advisor
Ross Garfield   Drum Technician

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ritual was released at pinnacle of Janes' success at a time when a multitude of bands were already rushing to copy the formula from Nothing's Shocking. Ritual is on a short list of perfect albums that is cohesive enough you can listen to the whole thing through again and again. The first three tracks deliver a massive jolt of high energy. I have yet to hear an album that matches the energy of Stop, No One's Leaving and Aint No Right. Janes eases off the throttle slightly into Obvious and then picks you right back up again with Been Caught Stealing. Form there, Three Days and Then She Did take you on a musical journey that is so compelling that you are literally hanging on every note. Dave Navarro's leads are never boring and while technically impressive, he never makes the mistake of sacrificing the melody and mood of a song to play something hard on the guitar. Hooks are there to pick you up and take you where the music wants you to go. Perry's falsetto vocals are primal and touch on fundamental feelings that at times bring out your inner Aborigini. Steve Perkins, one of alt-rocks all time greatest drummers is techincally perfect and yet isn't just over the top. He too never sacrifices the song to show off his musicianship. Eric Avery played very solid bass and again did not teel the need to put way to many notes into the song just to show everyone how god he was at his instrument, a mistake many others made at the time. The creativity of this album was incredible and the sound really was original. I realize this review sound slike a lot of hyperbole, but people who know this album would agree that it's not an overstatement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my 3 fave LA bands- along with the Doors and Tool. This cd is awesome, covering a wide range with intense energy. The 2 songs "Three Days" and "Then She Did..." are just as good as any stuff by the "classic rock" bands. As great as Zeppelin at their peak but tighter...amazing musicians, great frontman, ferocious, gentle, magical...classic album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago