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Strays Enhanced

3.9 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 30 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00009XBZ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. True Nature
2. Strays
3. Just Because
4. The Price I Pay
5. The Riches
6. SuperHero
7. Wrong Girl
8. Everybody's Friend
9. Suffer Some
10. Hypersonic
11. To Match The Sun

Product Description

Jane's Addiction helped put the word "alternative" on the middle-American map with a scarlet A, but their straight-up rock was always front and center. On Strays, the first Jane's Addiction studio album in 13 years, there's no mistaking Perry Farrell's trademark vocal sound (a nasal goose? a banshee in flight?) and Dave Navarro's ever-adaptable guitar style. But the band--only bassist Eric Avery is absent from their classic lineup, replaced by Chris Chaney--hasn't come to party like it's 1991. Sure, the balance of hedonism and earnestness, environmentalism and decadence, remains, but the quartet's approach is that of a unit ready to flex a few new muscles. Listeners will notice roof-raisers like "True Nature" and "Hypersonic" first, but some of the quieter tracks ("Price I Pay," with the classic Farrell rationalization "I always do the wrong thing, but I got a good reason," "To Match the Sun") are among the most effective Jane's mood pieces ever. Strays is certainly a much more apt return than 1997’s odds-and-sods compilation Kettle Whistle. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
They are not the same Jane's Addiciton, they still do brilliant rock music but not the way they used to. They're all there, Perry Farrel's voice is still as nasely as it was, Navarro's guitar is still as wild but stylish as it was, yet, they're missing something. They seem to be missing the controversial style they inflicted onto the listener, it's as though they did not want to take the risk in their comeback, instead they've made solid stuff, but just lacking the famous Jane's Addiction edge. If they made an album in the same light as Nothing's Shocking and it was too contraversial it would be an instant flop, so what they've produced seems to make sense, they keep the old fans and maybe bring in some new ones due to its more mainstream approach.
The music is very good, very listenable, the album contains more good songs than their previous albums, but lacks a real classic, like say, Jane Says or Been Caught Steeling. Theres a lot of good songs and none deserve the skip button, all eleven tracks deliver. Whereas before on Nothing's Shocking a few tracks were either silly or sort of fillers. So, to some people this album is much more listenable the whole way through. For the die hard Jane's Addiciton fan this album will please, but not suprise. The songs that stand out the most are the two radio hits Just Because and True Nature, I enjoy The Riches, Wrong Girl has a real funky guitar riff more like the old days, Everybody's Friend is a good slow song and I really like the closer To Match The Sun for its almost 'eery' atmosphere.
Overall a great solid rock album, more mainstream than Jane's Addiciton's old music, which is a good and bad thing, good as more people will listen to it but Jane's Addiciton's roots were of underground rock in the early 90's, but, no album is perfect.
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Format: Audio CD
While I was too young to get into Jane's Addiction during their first go-round, this comeback album provides the next best thing for relative newcomers like myself. "Strays" isn't quite as daring or eclectic as their 1990 masterpiece "Ritual de lo Habitual," but it proves more than a decade after their first breakup that these guys are still one of the most unique bands out there. The key elements of the signature Jane's Addiction sound are still firmly in place: Perry Farrell's vocal bombast, the airtight technical proficiency of his bandmates, and most importantly, the obvious emotion that they pour into every song. With its searing guitars and mile-wide hooks, lead single "Just Because" is an obvious standout, but it's hardly the only one. Jane's always excelled at creating raging funk metal, and with Dave Navarro's explosive riffs and the monstrous drumwork of Stephen Perkins driving them, songs like "The Riches," "Wrong Girl," and "Hypersonic" are among the most electrifying slices of rock to grace the scene since these guys first disbanded. Elsewhere, as on the title track, "Price I Pay," and "To Match The Sun," Jane's demonstrate the same grasp of dynamics that helped make "Ritual" such a fascinating listen. And just to make sure all their bases are covered, the band also throws in an acoustic track in the form of the quietly intense "Everybody's Friend." Although this album is lacking in mountainous epics in the vein of "Three Days" and "Of Course," this is a minor complaint. All told, "Strays" marks a welcome return to rock writ large, from a band that was once among its greatest practitioners.
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Format: Audio CD
I love Jane's Addiction. I listen to Ritual De Habitual at least twice a month, which is amazing since I've had it for about 10 years, or whenever it came out. Side 2 (using the old LP and cassette terminology) is wonderful; and reminds me of Zeppelin, circa Physical Graffiti.
Now this came out, and if were by any other group, I probably would have sold it to the nearest used CD store.
Dave Navarro's guitar sounds like some kind of annoying 70's sound, like when Lou Reed decided to destroy those great VU songs like Sweet Jane.
I usually don't write negative reviews, but I feel it's my duty to warn the public.
The Amazon review stated that this album is better than the hit or miss Kettle Whistle. Well, even if Kettle Whistle contained thrown out songs, it's still great, and superior to this lackluster effort (don't forget the steel drummed Jane Says.
So pull out Ritual, Nothing's Shocking, and maybe a bootleg tape (my preference); tape this one and sell it to, again, the nearest used CD store.
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By A Customer on Jan. 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just a message to all those 1 star ratings for this album who think it's not alternative enough. Well i don't see whats wrong with that. Is it 2 hard to be into alternative music and not like hard hitting rock songs as well? Is the problem that this album has some great tracks on it with a rather cathcy riffs which u got into too quickly so thought "wow a lot of ppl are going to like this i can't associate myself with the masses even if i do like it.. i'm a music guru i like things that aren't so obvious" I think this is a very good album and i like all of jane's releases. I'll admit this was the easiest one to get into though not necessarily the best, but it doesn't mean its crap either! I suggest that these alternative hipsters take a look at their cd collections, scrap half of it for not being alternative enough and then they can sleep easy knowing they are into stuff that most people don't like! Its not a problem to like stuff that sounds good... Go stand in the shower and have a think
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