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.