Why is Jane's Addiction so underestimated

Perry Farrell - "Child heaven"

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Weak-chested evidence of artistic hubris.

Review by Toni Hennig

Perry Farrell is best known as the front singer and figurehead of Jane's Addiction. When it broke up for a short time in the mid-00s, he worked with his other band Satellite Party on his own hybrid of alternative rock, pop, electro and classic. "Kind Heaven" takes the same line.

He just started a new project for the record, Perry Farrell's Kind Heaven Orchestra. He used the services of Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams one more time. Furthermore, Farrell again invited numerous guests to the studio. Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton from The Cars and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters participated this time around. The American, who was once again behind the controls, also won Tony Visconti, David Bowie's long-term partner, as co-producer.

Nevertheless, the result sounds dull and undifferentiated, as if you had placed a faded filter over the work. The vocal passages in particular seem extremely weak, so that for the most part one can only guess what exceptional performance Perry is capable of with the microphone. With so much concentrated producer experience, one could have expected a lot more in terms of sound technology.

Musically, at least the entry succeeds if in "(Red, White, And Blue) Cheerfulness"Good-humored rhythms based on the Beatles and a blues guitar spread summery ease. Farrell also keeps his eccentricity in check and takes it easy for his circumstances. That the number sounds more like a casual sketch than a song: Free. In any case, you first want more.

The subsequent "Pirate Punk Politician"With powerful alternative rock riffs and powerful stormy vocals, refined with a pinch of electronics, could just as well be on a Jane's Addiction release. In addition, the piece still has a pinch of glam and gloom, so that you can feel the classic 80s and 90s -Feeling the band doesn't need to do without. The following tracks make clear that these familiar tones still fit the US-American best.

"Snakes have many hips"Although it offers opulently arranged glam rock, which is not stingy with theatrics, the song has no melodic recognition value. The bigger problem arises in the duets between Perry and his wife Etty Lau-Farrell, when its still distinctive organ, which, however, no longer sounds like her late twenties, and her thin, sweet pop voice has a hard time coming up with a common denominator.Machine girl"to lukewarm riffs and feeble electronics as much as he wants in the notorious old rocker manner. At least the catchy chorus saves the piece from total failure.

The many cross-references to music history are even more interesting. Funky riffs, rhythmic drumming and the wavy vocals of Farrell's "One"to the Talking Heads at" Remain In Light "times. Unfortunately, any promising approaches don't help much as soon as the effects-laden voice of Etty Laus kicks in. It works much better in the background.

At least that shows "More Than I Could Bear", which moves with heavy, opulent strings and the emotional vocal guidance of the Jane's Addiction singer in melancholy Radiohead spheres. In addition, his wife gives the number a little more urgency. If it weren't for the guitar solo at the end, that swings up in a pretentious mucking manner, but there must be some disruptive factor on the disc as good as always. Then the cranked dance track shoots "Spend The Body", which in its hyperactive obtrusiveness would have been too good for Charli XCX for a long time.

Better then "Let's All Pray For This World", which with a linear, coherent tension and a moving chorus makes you sit up and take notice, how good" Kind Heaven "could have been if Perry Farrell concentrated on the actual songwriting and his characteristic voice instead of unnecessary details On the whole, the record speaks only for his artistic self-overestimation. Of his intense class as a singer at the time of his first, much too underestimated post punk band Psi Com (absolute recommendation: the oppressively dark "City Of 9 Gates") and the early Jane's Addiction hardly remains a trace.