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The Great Escape Artist

The Great Escape Artist

October 18, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2011
  • Release Date: October 14, 2011
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 39:53
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  • ASIN: B005T3AJBS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,200 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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There is not one memorable song on this album.
MusicJunkie666
One thing fans do and I've done it before myself is overload on the band's previously released music right before they get their hands on a new album.
Rich Latta
It has a nice mix of atmospheric sounds, cool guitars, bass rhythms, melodies, and some great drums.
D. Wahlin

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E on December 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Listening to early Jane's Addiction was like going to the Asian jungle and encountering a wild Bengal tiger face to face amid the overgrown ruins of an ancient Indian temple. It was dangerous, quasi-mystical and terrifying. Jane's Addiction's latest CD is like watching an Animal Planet documentary about tigers on your big screen TV in your living-room. Safe, kind of bland and smoothly produced.

The phrase "Nothing's Shocking" has a whole new meaning here. This album is about as adventurous and wild and groundbreaking as a trip to the local mall. There's none of the danger, urgency or depth anymore. When I first heard Jane's Addiction in 1988, I imagined that I felt the way people felt hearing Elvis Presley for the first time in the 50s. Nothing as incredibly bizarre and wild as this had ever been heard before. (I'm not saying that JA sounds anything like Elvis. Just illustrating the newness and 'unsafeness' of early JA.)

Listening to Nothing's Shocking was almost a transgressive experience. It felt kind of like you were doing something considered unsavory and a little depraved by the mainstream, but at the same time, extremely satisfying and fulfilling. Ritual De Lo Habitual was a little more mainstream, but still unique and wild, free, mind-blowing and dangerous, and it contained the two best ever Jane's songs: 3 Days and Then She Did. The last Jane's song that approached that wild free feeling was Hypersonic on 2003's Strays.

The songs from The Great Escape Artist, however, can safely be included on a mix to listen to at the office with the latest Coldplay and U2 tunes. They won't clash at all. It's basically nice, clean, acceptable radio-friendly yuppie-rock.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BrandtArt on October 21, 2011
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How do I feel about Jane's Addiction latest release The Great Escape Artist? One word: underwhelmed.

And for me to use that word in connection to Jane's is something I never thought I'd do. Let's face it, it's not a horrible record as many feel it is but it's not a great one either. I apparently seem to be in the minority here because I was hoping to get something closer to Strays and or beyond what I'm listening to now.

Obviously many say that you can't really compare this new release to their earlier output because those were different times, situations and enviroments for the band who were creating their first two epic studio masterworks. I recognize this. You can include the Triple XXX "live" release if you'd like because it's pretty much a studio creation as well with all the overdubbing and added in live "atmosphere," but I usually don't. But let's face it, everyone IS comparing this record to the earlier music whether they admit it or not.

Now I'm not sure why Strays seems to get overlooked by the masses, and as a longtime Scream-era JA fan I thought it was an amazing effort, but it does. Sure, two songs were from ye olden tymes, "Suffer Some" & "Price I Pay," but songs such as "Wrong Girl," "Just Because," "The Riches," and "True Nature" were definitely up to par with much of JA's original material. Some seem to dislike Chris Chaney's efforts as compared to Eric Avery's but I'm going out on a limb to say that I'm betting a majority of people reviewing this new release may not have seen Avery in the bands' heyday anyway so it becomes subjective. I like Eric. I like Chris. Eric's gone again. Case closed. Bob Ezrin's production was excellent. He let the band do what they do best. Navarro and Perkins laid down amazing leads and percussion. Perry was on fire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bricktop VINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The shortest of the Jane's Addiciton studio albums, The Great Escape Artist was released in 2011 by Capitol Records who also released 2003's "Strays". Bass playing duties on the album are shared by producer Dave Sitek and Dave Navarro and three of the tracks included were co-written by Guns N' Roses founding bassist Duff McKagan. At 39 minutes long this is the shortest Jane's Addiction album, but I believe it handily bests 2003's Strays. That isn't to say there aren't some great tracks on Strays like Just Because and The Riches, but The Great Escape Artist is great from start to finish.

Does this sound like classic Jane's? Somewhat no: there are more electronic effects and production techniques at play here and there are no monstrous bass-driven songs like Three Days, Ted, Just Admit It, Then She Did, etc., that Avery brought to the table. But somewhat yes: the songs are still on par with other classic Jane's tracks like Had A Dad and Stop!, the guitar work is unmistakable Navarro complete with some new tricks up his sleeve. He's obviously been experimenting a little more with newer processing techniques on the sound, or at least new to him and perhaps not so new to The Edge from u2. It rocks hard just like classic Jane's did. End to the Lies has that monstrous guitar wall that you find in Ocean Size. It's Jane's Addiction and it kicks ass.

When I caught the band recently on their "Theater of the Escapists" tour they played four tracks from the new album. End of the Lies which one can only presume is about Eric A., Twisted Tales, the opening track Underground was the show's opener and the first song in the encore was the album's closing "Words Right Out of My Mouth". The new tracks work well in the live setting as the do on the album.
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