Jane's Addiction, 'The Great Escape Artist' (Capitol)

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The Great Escape Artist
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Capitol

by Barry Walters

For their previous temporary-reunion album, 2003's Strays, these dark alt gods created a superslick din seemingly designed for radio, but definitely not your heart. Here, the same three vets (still minus bassist Eric Avery) team with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and Muse producer Rich Costey with results that slam like vintage, drug-addled scuzzbag rock (opening whammy "Underground," closing raver "Words Right Out of My Mouth"). Between those poles, 21st-century Jane's morphs into something resembling U2 on fastidiously uplifting anthems that clash fiercely with frontman Perry Farrell's anti-charisma -- particularly when he's lying to get laid or bragging about his ability to inflict scars.

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