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|1. True Nature|
|3. Just Because|
|4. The Price I Pay|
|5. The Riches|
|7. Wrong Girl|
|8. Everybody's Friend|
|9. Suffer Some|
|11. To Match The Sun|
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 1997s odds-and-sods compilation Kettle Whistle. --Rickey Wright
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The album is definately my most played cd at the time. Like other people have posted the copyright is a bit of a pain in the ass, but I haven't had any real problems - it plays on... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2004
This album isn't going to change anyone's life, like so many fans have claimed the earlier albums had. You can't compare it to the old stuff because too many years have passed. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
A good comeback, but the presence of Mr. Avery is sorely missing. All the elements of classic Jane's are here, albiet slightly watered down. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by olflatop
As many reviewers have already noted, Jane's Addiction was one of the great late 80s early 90s bands. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Michael Kydonieus
This album is copy protected so you won't be able to play it on your MP3 player, on your computer (without their software which didn't work for me), on some Car stereos and even on... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Robert Prouse
Most of the other reviews have gotten the point across, this is a good album, especially considering the break they took, but it's not their best. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by H3@+h
This is one of the best albums I recommend you never buy.
The music is bliss; powerful guitar and excellent singing. Read more
Jane's Addiction. How do you summarize the works of a band that effectively changed the face of alternative music in the 90's? Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Chris