- Audio CD (Nov. 6 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Warner Bros
- ASIN: B000002LIX
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
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By far Jane's Addiction's best album, Ritual De Lo Habitual is chock full of songs that are both catchy and experimental. The singles "Stop" and "Been Caught Stealing" are good examples; "No One's Leaving" has a nice funk edge with some busy guitar work, and "Ain't No Right" and "Obvious" are strong as well. Unfortunately, "Three Days" and "Then She Did . . ." are overlong and get bogged down well short of halfway through, but the album finishes strongly with "Of Course" and "Classic Girl". Jane's Addiction's funk-punk-rock mix is appealing, and never more so than on this album. --Genevieve Williams
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What's most impressive about "Ritual de lo Habitual" is that its nine tracks are basically split into two different, if equally great, albums. The album starts out with five hard-driving rock songs with a psychedelic feel, equal measures explosive, trippy, and funky. "No One's Leaving" and "Been Caught Stealing" are the obvious standouts among this first batch of songs, but each one displays the band's own mix of manic, frenetic energy; intricate songwriting; and astounding technical skill. These songs have the sound of a group of guys who truly enjoy what they're doing, a commodity that's becoming increasingly rare in today's mainstream climate.
It's after "Been Caught Stealing" that the band throws a series of changeups, showing a commitment to diversity and experimentation that truly separates the artists from the hacks. The last four songs on this album are typically slower and quieter than their predecessors, but by no means lacking in power or craftsmanship. You've got to respect a band that would follow up a string of hard rock songs with the mountainous epic "Three Days," the slow-burning "Then She Did..." and "Classic Girl," and the captivating, Eastern-tinged "Of Course."
Unfortunately, history hasn't been quite as kind to this album as it was to the likes of "Ten" or "Nevermind." I don't think it gets the recognition it deserves as one of alternative's defining moments, but discerning fans should be able to appreciate its greatness pretty quickly. "Ritual de lo Habitual" gets my highest recommendation.
The album, perhaps intentionally, features their harder, noisier tracks on the first half while concentrating on longer, very psychedelic tracks on its second half. The harder tracks "No One's Leaving" and "Ain't No Right" are great, highlighted by Eric Avery's excellent bass lines. "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing" were the hits off the album and both still sound great today. "Obvious" is also a cool tune with Dave Navarro's noisy guitar playing and the piano flourishes throughout the track. Then there's the second side. "3 Days" remains their best song, beginning with Perry Farrell's quiet vocals over Avery's bass before drummer Stephen Perkins comes in with a jungle beat and Navarro playing a wild solo as the track continues to gather momentum. The track gets very mellow around the 8:00 mark before picking up the intensity at its end. An awesome track. The other psychedelic tracks "Then She Did..." and "Of Course" are fantastic, featuring most of its emphasis on Farrell's high-pitched vocals and the violins and strings. The excellent "Classic Girl" concludes the album and is one of the strongest tracks here. Everything here is great and this surely ranks as one of the ten best rock albums of the '90s. Although the band would reunite years later and continue to make good music, this album remains as their master work. Highly recommended.
Ritual starts fast and ends slow. The first few songs are fast and furious, and then comes Three Days. Anybody who disses Three Days has a serious problem. That song alone floors me every time. Obvious and No One's Leaving make me bust out into a karaoke routine when I am alone. They end on a calm note with Classic Girl.
Perry's interest in art shines through in his lyrics. His delivery is clear and easy to understand. I hope you have all had a chance to see them live. Perry is one of the most interesting live performers I've ever seen. Dave Navaro, a fabulous and extremely talented guitarist is both powerful and soothing. Steven Perkins is one of the best drummers alive. Try and pay attention to his drumming when you listen. Imagine playing that fast with some many different time changes?
If you've never given a Janes Addiciton a full listen you can't go wrong with either Nothing's Shocking or Ritual de lo Habitual. I really can't decide which one I like better!
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