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Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane's Addiction

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  • By the time Jane’s Addiction had their “big hit” (_Ritual de lo Habitual_’s “Been Caught Stealing”) their sound and style had already been adopted by so many early 90’s “alternative” artists that it took their leadership of the Lollapalooza Festival to remind the public just how long they had been creating their unique blend of psychadelic-glam-art-metal. Moving from gentle to blistering rock within the span of seconds, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, and Stephen Perkins created a sound during their early live shows (represented on their self-titled first album) that was at once classic and ahead of its time.

    The tracks on this greatest hits package focus on the mainly on the studio tracks that were recorded in the years after those early club days, including many great cuts from their first studio album, _Nothing’s Shocking_. Listening to a track like “Ocean Size,” it’s hard not to be drawn into their world for a few minutes. The music and lyrics create a complete space of their own–unique and like nothing else.

    Posted on January 12, 2010