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Jane's Addiction

Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo HabitualRitual de lo Habitual (1990)
Warner Music Group

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Before guitarist Dave Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers, he was in Jane's Addiction, one of the most brilliant rock bands from the United States. In my opinion, 1988's Nothing's Shocking and this album, 1990's Ritual de lo Habitual, are definitely Jane's Addiction's. Their biggest hits "Stop!".
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Before guitarist Dave Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers, he was in Jane's Addiction, one of the most brilliant rock bands from the United States.

In my opinion, 1988's Nothing's Shocking and this album, 1990's Ritual de lo Habitual, are definitely Jane's Addiction's. Their biggest hits "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing" are both classics too, as well as the longest track "Three Days." But, unfortunately, the bad news about Jane's Addiction was that Ritual de lo Habitual would be their final record before their first breakup sometime back in 1991, just after frontman Perry Farrell had started Lollapalooza.

The album begins with a subversive Spanish "we love your children" prelude, an appropriate lull before the kickstart roar of "Stop," all heavy chords and culture-allusion lyrics molding a breathtaking climax. "No One's Leaving" shreds into the stop-gap void that follows. Coming off a tad pretentious, this song is not one of Jane's best by any means, but the rumbling bass roll and Cliff Notes Nietzsche musings of "ain't no right" immediately rectifies the situation. "Ain't no wrong now, ain't no right," Perry announces, "there's only pleasure and pain" -- the theme song of the Lost City if there ever was one; a dark negation of the Beach Boys ideal and comparable to the shimmering 'Hotel California' muse from a previous generation. "Obvious" is a drifting shout-out to all those backstabbers and parasites the band undoubtedly encountered in their long tenure through the Cali club circuit: "I've worked my fingers to the bone and I won't let you stop me goin' up" -- ironic, considering the band's future, but effective nonetheless. Then the stutter of "Been Caught Stealin'" reminds us that life shouldn't always be taken serious, and to jokingly prove it, stitch criminal mischief into the Top 40. Thus ends the fast and furious side of Ritual. Artiness and introspection follow, the self-indulgent genius that listeners will either passionately love or ardently despise, depending on perspective and individual experience.

"Three Days" is Perry Farrell's masterpiece, a song he will probably never top�but what a way to go out. Composed in five sections, this epic about a ménage a trois begins slow and string-laced, an acoustic prologue of hints and insinuations; before you know it, Perkin's low-thunder rhythms are glinting with the lightning grace of Navarro's skillful chops. Thrash hammering takes over in the second half, sundering the beauty of before. The last breakdown, complete with inarticulate hurrahs and searing solos, winds the song into a sweaty, glorious finale. From this sound and fury chimes in a lone acoustic guitar, soon accompanied by orchestrated sweeps; in this, "Then She Did," Perry gets personal about departed lovers with blue veins and a mother who used to take him out "strolling through the garbage." The eastern-tinged "Of Course" gives us a mournful violin and wink-wink lyrics about childhood games ("one must eat the other"), then reverses the sexual intent with Ritual's beautiful farewell "Classic Girl." "You know for us, these are the days," Perry sings, reminding the youth of a fractured dream not to dwell to hard on life's heartaches, and that time slips away all too quickly. Grasp the glimmer while you can.

To anyone here who doesn't own Ritual de lo Habitual, get it. It's a classic and worth listening to; listen to "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing" for a way to kick back and enjoy anything that was around back in the old days.


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internetsanta (September 3, 2007)

pretty pointless to review this album, seeing how everyone o nthe planet has heard it. i agree that this hasn't aged well. now when i hear this band, i tend to cringe a little

riversmonkey (September 2, 2007)

This album hasn't aged well, having said that its worth checking out before the altrock/grunge revival comes in 2008

imnotpunk (September 1, 2007)

awesome record.
but i pefer nothings shocking.

misterspike (September 1, 2007)

While I love this record, the second half, for the most part, is something I generally skip. Nothing's Shocking is definitely a better album from end to end, however.

If anything, "Three Days" alone makes this record a keeper.

I saw Jane's on the Ritual tour in Pensacola, FL a few months before Lollapalooza, and it is easily one of the most memorable performances I ever witnessed. To have seen them perform live "back in the day" (sorry, I'm old), was to understand the magic of Jane's Addiction.

Scruffy (September 1, 2007)

Once, when I was home sick in the fifth grade, I switched to MTV (a channel I was not allowed to watch at the time) while my mom was out. I saw a video that was pointless, retarded and distrubing, backed by an incredibly boring and irritating song. I remembered that it was some layd in a supermarket.
Years later, I realized it was the "Been Caught Stealing" video, and was proud that I apparently had good enough taste to hate this crap even in the fifth grade.

XkingbuzzoX (September 1, 2007)

I've never understood why people get so excited about Jane's Addiction past their first album. I mean, the stuff isn't horrible but its not that great either.

Anonymous (September 1, 2007)

I used to be a big fan when this came out but this band has not aged well at all. The reviewer is just trying to seem "hip" by revisiting this crap. Next 5 Star Review - Temple of the Dog.

SlackMFr (September 1, 2007)

This is a great record, just listened to it last night, but "Nothing's Shocking" is better.

feeeding5000 (August 31, 2007)

Ewww. This is the kind of music that I listen to punk to avoid. Bullshit-dickhead-date-rape-core.

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

i listened to this for the first time in a while the other day. it's good but frankly i've never loved it the way so many other people do.

JerryCola (August 31, 2007)

Alternative is something more than number 1, 2, 3 and 4.
It's 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Alternative is doing fine.
Alternative is how we live.
We believe in alternative
And I think it's safe to say...
Alternative is here to stay!

Bleh, this shit should stay buried in the 90's.

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

I don't enjoy anything from the old days, unless it has the prefix of "Dis-", or the suffix of "death".

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

"one of the most brilliant rock bands from the United States. "

too bad your wrong and too bad they suck ass. there. i said it. welcome to punknews.org.

freesandwich (August 31, 2007)

Score is for Perry's wife

Dante3000 (August 31, 2007)

What a shame Perry Farrell has become a total fucking nutbag.

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