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Janes Addiction

The Great Escape Artist
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Sometimes member changes can slump the growth and direction of a band, even when that band is decades old. During the making of “The Great Escape Artist” Jane’s Addiction had some bass player problems. After reuniting with the band, Chris Chaney decided he didn’t want to do it anymore. The announcement that Duff McKagan was taking his place followed soon after and Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Duff McKagan began writing songs for the new Jane’s Addiction album. The problem was Duff also had his own project going at the same time and for whatever reason, things didn’t work out. That left Jane’s Addiction without a bassist in the band for studio work. Wisely, they recruited TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to contribute on the album. The mixture of the band writing a few songs with McKagan, writing a few songs with Sitek, and Sitek playing bass on the album made for the band’s most fascinating listen in a while. There’s an interesting pace to everything on the album from track to track and even minute to minute and Sitek and Stephen Perkins mesh perfectly to create that pace. Those rhythms added to Perry Farrell being in fantastic form here vocally and lyrically and some INSANE Dave Navarro guitar lines push this album in several spots. This is the best work that Navarro’s done on any project in years. There are moments where the band misses the mark on “The Great Escape Artist” and they carry the atmosphere of a few songs a little too far, but the song directly after a song that misses pulls you right back in. “The Great Escape Artist” is far better than “Strays” and that’s because there are trademark Jane’s Addiction moments mixed in with a lot of new tricks and a good amount of variety. “Nothing’s Shocking” it isn’t, but it’s the best thing the band has done since.






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