Jane's Addiction
The Great Escape Artist


3.0
good

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
October 25th, 2011 | 16 replies | 8,145 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What becomes of 'The Great Escape Artist' is a absence of the noticeable hooks and joyous erratic moments Farrell once provided into a middling and sometimes dry experience that never quite reaches its potential.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

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. Nonetheless, even with a far more straight-forward ‘Strays’, which still carried some semblance of those glory days within the band, it becomes painfully obvious Jane’s Addiction’s ‘The Great Escape Artist’ seems to have a lapse of judgment on what exactly it is striving for.

It’s regrettable that most of the work put into the album can be splendidly brought back to classics, but the veil that is over Navarro’s guitar work and Farrell’s panache is all but dubbed down to a middling affair of an album. We can’t be surprised though, after all Farrell is the man behind the band and his recent taste for newer, modern musical endeavors is evident throughout a tight 40-minutes of heavy electronic that becoming cyclic in nature and tiring in many aspects. 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.

The band looks to be in a too comfortable position throughout, as if they’ve thought of this conventional modern sound and decided to sit back despite some surely to view it in pure contemns. ‘The Great Escape Artist’ is very much within that realm of inoffensive, un-sporadic moments. “Twisted Tales,” may be what the group was striving for and it’s lyrical past confessions of Parrell and his screams are a must within not only the song, but are needed to create a thorough Jane’s experience, yet it is nowhere to be found. Farrell sounds all too satisfied and Navarro seems practically missing with the sheath that covers over every track. Some will cringe, others will embrace the new direction, but it still aches for those subtle moments that are a dime a dozen. Muddled and in need of dire peculiarity of Farrell’s within the first half and some type aperture for Navarro to break out for most of the album, sadly it never quite happens, and ‘The Great Escape Artist’ turns into a “what-if” in the Jane’s Addiction discography.



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mallen-
October 26th 2011



1235 Comments


Markooo, nice

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MassiveAttack
October 26th 2011



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mallen...who may you be? MIKE! Hey, buddy.

Valerius
October 26th 2011



1137 Comments


I like JA so I'm biased. I doubt they ever top the first two albums unless they get Eric Avery back recording with them. His bass-work is pretty sick. I can't really disagree with you, but I do think this is better than Strays, though. I like the synth and depth of sound in this album.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2011



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yeah. I don't really know why this album is getting such lukewarm reviews from critics. Great write-up nonetheless.

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MassiveAttack
October 26th 2011



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, honestly the murkiness of the whole thing really masks Farrell's work on here and Navarro isn't anywhere near where he should be. It's disappointing, but nonetheless a decent effort from a group that has been at it for quite some time.

Valerius
October 26th 2011



1137 Comments


I will agree on Navarro. I was expecting a bit more flash on the guitar. He comes through in places, though.

porch
January 13th 2012



8390 Comments


album's awful. broken people is the only semi-worthwhile track and even that sounds like a U2 ballad

Lalka
April 16th 2012



31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't get over the feeling of wasting my time while listening to this. no purchase.

DarthMarshall
August 15th 2012



18 Comments


Yes, the Zeppelin-esque bombast has been traded in for something more spacey and trippy, but it's just another angle on the fact that Farrell has always been a 70's love child.

Disagree with your opinion, because I really like the new direction, but I do think your review is very thoughtful and well written. Pos.

jayt851
December 17th 2012



128 Comments


People are gay on here. shut up!

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



20204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Liking End To The Lies much more than I did when I first heard it over a year ago

Might have to give this a full listen after all

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



20204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This doesn't read at all like a positive review

VermicideReloadead
February 9th 2013



1434 Comments


Not at the level of nothing shocking or ritual de lo habitual. Anyways, still has some good songs.

jefflebowski
February 9th 2013



6842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lame compared to their classic stuff

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



20204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first three songs are great and then it kinda drops off

sinsexsodomy
March 28th 2013



177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album, much better then their last.

ok I take this statement back, this album starts and ends well but most of the in between is terrible



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