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This review is from: Strays (Audio CD)
Welcome back to the grandaddies of alternative. Jane's Addiction's first album in 13 years explodes onto the scene and is dearly welcomed in a world of depressed rap/rock tedium. Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, and Stephen Perkins reunite atlast with the addition of new bassist Chris Chaney. "Stray" is a masterpiece of flamboyant lyricism and decadent guitars that exhilirate the senses. The first single "Just Because" harks back in style to the huge sounding "Mountain Song" (Nothings Shocking 1990) but has even more energy and exhuberance. "To Match the Sun" and "Price I Pay" show the more delicate intimate side of the band. "Strays" mixes the band's in your face hedonism with songs like "Wrong Girl" with it's political environmental awareness which is apparent in title track "Strays". The album is a true breath of fresh air and is the band's most mature piece of work to date.