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Magic and loss,
This review is from: Gone Again (Jpn) (Audio CD)
Gone Again is the brilliant 1996 comeback album that overwhelmed me since it contains everything I've always loved about Smith's music and that I find lacking in subsequent works like Peace and Noise and Gung Ho. Although many of the songs are about loss, the overall mood is one of transcendence and strength in adversity, as encapsulated in the lines: "Dead to the world/Alive I awoke."
My favorites are the four beautiful & tuneful ballads Dead To The World, Ravens, the folkie Farewell Reel, and Beneath The Southern Cross on which John Cale plays the organ & Jeff Buckley (R.I.P.) contributes backing vocals; on Fireflies he plays an exotic Indian stringed instrument. I love her powerful interpretation of Dylan's Wicked Messenger. Slow atmospheric songs like About A Boy, My Madrigal and Fireflies are representative of the other main style of this album.
All the magical ingredients are here: poetic, inspired lyrics, great soaring melodies and that visceral, soul-wrenching voice of hers, plus the passionate playing of the band. The musicians include Tom Verlaine on guitar, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums, Lenny Kaye on guitars and Kimberly Smith on mandolin. Gone Again is definitely one of the Top 10 rock albums of the 1990s, and ranks among her best work ever - up there next to Horses and Easter. The CD booklet contains the lyrics and portraits of Patti and Fred Sonic Smith.