John Frusciante is my absolute hero. Before I got this albumn, I had all the Chili Peppers albumns and "To record only water for ten days", all the RHCP DVDs' and lots of other footage. This albumn is my favourite of all time. It may not be the best quality of recording a that you normally get with popular records, but it more than makes up for it in pure soul and pure natural genious. People who aren't already John Frusciante lovers will probably find some of this wierd or disturbing. Johns' screaming on "my smile is a rifle" is not something you might expect, and usually just a t-shirt #8 and #9 use lots of funny sounds. My personal favorite is Usually jusy a t-shirt #12. I hated it at first, Johns' singing is not always in tune, and there is feedback and backwards guitar that may sound terrible to some, (it sounded terrible to me at first)but it definately grows on you if you are open minded.
This album has made me a better person. It makes me cry (in a good way) sometimes. It is more than just music on a shiny disk, it is a way of life.
This is a very rare CD, I was looking for it for a long time, and I listened to it non-stop when I got it. Some songs will be a hit with most people straight away - #2, #6, #10, big takeover for example - and others will grow on you and stay there forever - mascara, my smile is a rifle, ten to butter blood voodoo, #11, and #12.
I can't fully explain how much I love Niandra La Des and Usually just a T-Shirt, but if you have the chance, buy it!!!!!