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Impressive, but not really enjoyable
on May 20, 2000
As a work of art, Patti Smith's "Horses" is most impressive. Full of passion and undeniably the creative work of a masterful visionary, it is startling, remarkable, and always compelling.
Having said that, however, I've got to admit that it seldom goes for a spin inside my CD player. Perhaps it remains in my collection for the prestige and panache it represents, but on those few occasions I do give it a listen it is only in bits and pieces given its rather somber, dour and monotonous tone and its relentless seriousness. Even its few attempts at flat out rock and roll (covers of "Gloria," "Land of A Thousand Dances," and the bonus cut cover of "My Generation") come across just a little too arty.
There is no denying Patti Smith's impact on the music scene of the past quarter century, and for that she will always have my unyielding admiration, awe, and respect, but if one wants to catch a glimpse of good old fashioned rock and roll a la punk, one is best to stick with debut albums by The Clash and The Pretenders both of whom, of course, are unimaginable without Patti Smith's remarkable vision.