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Jane’s Addiction

By Scott McLennan
Globe Correspondent / October 18, 2011

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With “The Great Escape Artist,’’ its first album in eight years, Jane’s Addiction rekindles some of the glitz and swagger it brought to the birth of modern rock more than 20 years ago. Singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, and drummer Stephen Perkins - the remaining original members - can still spin some evocative tunes from their patented blend of psychedelic consciousness, crunchy hard rock, and lithe rhythms. Yet the results now - aided by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and bassist Chris Chaney - are more nostalgic than groundbreaking. A good Jane’s song, though, is still beguiling. “Broken People’’ is dark and comforting. “Irresistible Force (Met the Immovable Object)’’ blurs the cosmic and the carnal. “Splash a Little Water on It’’ is weird and seedy. Some mid-tempo fare that never takes flight (“Twisted Tales’’ and “Ultimate Reason’’) and a couple of smackdown songs that trade cleverness for brutishness (“End to the Lies’’ and “I’ll Hit You Back’’) hobble the 40-minute disc. “The Great Escape Artist’’ does not dampen Jane’s Addiction’s legacy, but doesn’t advance it either. (Out today)

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