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Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking Reviews

Nothing's Shocking

Though the songs aren’t quite as good as those on Ritual De Lo Habitual, this album is much more consistent, with a heavy rock-funk-punk mix that’s a pleasure to hear. The slower songs (especially “Summertime Rolls” and “Jane Says”) work well, while the up-tempo material–in particular the closer “Pig’s in Zen”–is both catchy and ambitious. It’s a fine album overall, and if the band’s Zeppelin-ward aspirations don’t quite work, their music is still quite good in its own right. –G (more…)

13 responses to “Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking Reviews”

  1. Tilly says:

    One of the most original and unique records of his time, “Nothing's Shocking” is the album that in the bar for alternative music. In many respects, the LA version of grunge, Jane's Addiction successfully combines the sounds of'70s arena rock with a punk sensibility and a post-punk feel, by Perry Farrell's esoteric and often tight at the top of the text. While commercial success would be with “Ritual de lo Habitual,” his controversial work of art and its hit single, which in my estimation is the superior album, and the benchmark for alternative music there. It is a testament to Jane's Addiction, that few records were able to with this.
      Admittedly, Jane's is probably not for all – is hard to deny the instrumental skills of the band: Guitarist Dave Navarro can Wail away with the best of them, and through him that the influence of the “70s and 80s arena sounds come through. Bassist Eric Avery has a very different sensibility, if it is one thing about Avery that he's really a master of sitting in a pocket, whether in a melodic context, or even marching on the guitar line – it rates slightly, to this type of groove feeling. And drummer Stephen Perkins is probably the best of his generation, with a fine technique and expressive power that is very rare to find in the modern drummer. But the band is really calling card Perry Farrell, and he is the kind the kind of thing that you like or dislike straight – its kind of punk-meets-Queen vocal approach, very much about the way the above-Freddie Mercury , but filtering a large part of the art of passion and a raw wail. It is not for everyone.
      First past the band, the music on this album is intense – their predisposition for hiking, musically, further strengthen the tighter material, and they manage to strike a balance between the two that they would miss about news. Avery and Perkins lock together and propulsive efficiency foundations, relaxed grooves, and the ambience to the tracks – Navarro either exploded or focused on the color, Farrell and a surreal presence, drifting, seemingly random times, in and out of the pieces, Babble abstract content as a coherent text at times. It sounds like a mess, but it works well, from the explosive “Ocean Size” – a modern rock anthem, driven by the funky, back, atmospheric and deeply troubling “Ted, just admit” (about serial killer Ted Bundy) to the delicate, lilting ballad “Summertime Rolls”. The band could rock ( “Mountain Song”), swing ( “Thank You Boys”) and just funky ( “Idiots Rule”), or with a delicate acoustic guitars and steel (single “Jane Says”) . And for the album closer, they give in Farrell's self-indulgent to the tendency completely bizarre “Pigs in Zen”, a masterpiece of alternatives that need to hear to explain.
      The members of the band would manage one more album before literally into fist fights on the stage at Lollapalooza Farrell idea, and although they all went to some good music outside the band, none of them would reach this level. Essential listening.

  2. Kylemore says:

    It's hard to believe that this album was released in 1988 and still holds its own as one of the greatest rock albums of all time out. Even standbys like Mother Love Bone, Fugazi and Guns' n Roses sound a little too bland and cliché these days, “Nothing's Shocking” still carries tremendous power in his super-charged rock sound. Perry Farrell's shrieking, startling vocals not missing, so I followed.
      From the opening leg of the “Up the Beach” to the aggressiveness of staccato “Pigs in Zen”, this album can never be. Even the cheeky “Thank You Boys” with mischievous joy that only the spirit of half-crazy, wild Farrell. Compare Dave Navarro's chops with anything on your local rock limp and you will see what I mean.
      It is high time to treasure this gem once again whole.

  3. Faith says:

    Nothing's Shocking is one of the best shows of the musical force. The original scream energy is a revelation in its purest sense. Although it is not nearly as rages today, as he, when it was published, there is still enough power to impress everyone. The music is incredible. Perry Farrell's manic howls some of the best texts that are in alternative rock. Dave Navarro plays guitar like a maniac, Eric Avery and the bass is what really helps drive the band, simple, but absolutely brilliant. Stephen Perkin's drumming is incredible. Every song on this album is good. The Opener “Up The Beach” is a kind of swinging, gentle way to a perfect start. “Ocean Size” hits with the force of a tidal wave – play the song loud. “Had a Dad” is melodic and groovy, and really excellent. “Ted, just admit it” is an epic, funky songs. “Standing in the shower … Thinking “is a fast, hard blast of funk. “Summertime Rolls” is a great song with a kind of dream quality. “Mountain Song” is simply one of the greatest things ever. The bass line is one of the best ever, and the song explodes with a force that dwarfs most of the others. Perry wailing “coming down the mountain …” and “Cash in now, honey” is chills your spine. “Idiots Rule” rocks. “Jane Says” is a classic, one of the greatest songs of the time. “Pigs in Zen” is a masterpiece, clever, insightful song, just listen. Nothing's Shocking is simply an album that you have to own one.

  4. Filbert says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electrified alternatives
    We will never forget beneficial bridge builders back in the late 80’s, which led away from the rooster and into the rock, as this only slightly worn, extremely useful…

  5. Xhosa says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously…
    Seriously… If you do not have this album you are missing out on one of the best. Not limited to one of the best Jane’s albums or early alternative punk albums, but on of the…

  6. Fico says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great CD. Shipping sucked and broke the case
    Great CD. Shipping took 3 days longer than it was supposed to, and the case was crushed when it arrived.

  7. Zuleika says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    essential – one of the best of all time
    I dropped a lot of acid listening to this, traveling to and fro the beach with my peeps, this album playing in the car stereo.

  8. Binder says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    mixed feelings
    A lot of people describe this album as having elements of funk. I don’t hear that as much as I hear Led Zepplin like guitar.

  9. Bimala says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bold Charismatic Lyrics with Exploding Guitar Melodies
    Although the band’s image and ideas are at times overblown and their lyrics pretentious, Jane’s Addiction’s musical chemistry is nothing short of AMAZING.

  10. Tacey says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Still very current Having heard for the first time this album around 20 years ago , and seeing how it continues to be a solid production that still manages to please us after , 20 years…

  11. Phillip says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Standing in the shower thinking….
    I’m thinking this is an awesome album. One of the best efforts of the 80’s by any band.

  12. Musetta says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Jane Says…
    One of the very best rock albums ever released. This is a classic for your collection. A must have momento of a band that was so good they redefined excellence and raised the bar…

  13. Luz says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nothing’s Shocking is a Classic !
    This is a must have album if you are a Jane’s Adiiction fan. If you are not a fan you WILL BE after hearing this album.

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