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Patti Smith, ‘Twelve’ (Columbia)

Patti Smith misplaces her fearless edge on this oddly subdued set of covers. Versions of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” add nothing to the perfect originals, while dated, mediocre songs such as Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and George Harrison’s “Within You Without You” are beyond saving. Only her stirring take on Dylan’s “Changing of the Guards” and a fierce revision of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” recapture Smith’s familiar magical intensity.

Now Hear This: Patti Smith – “Gimme Shelter” DOWNLOAD MP3