Review: Jane's Addiction's latest album 

***1/2
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The Great Escape Artist
Jane's Addiction
Capitol

Just a few chords into Jane's Addiction's newest album, The Great Escape Artist, and you've got the same sound that still has you chiming in every time you hear "Jane Says."

That's remarkable, with all the changes that this band has gone through since "Nothing's Shocking"; they've maintained a sonic trademark.

This has always been the band that everyone really wanted to keep alive. They've gotten help from their friends (namely, Nine Inch Nails, Flea, Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio), and have certainly evolved.

Even though this is only their fifth studio album in over 20 years, they've always been in the background, making solid moves for the alternative/Lollapalooza scene - it's as if they've made their own genre. They used to fit in between categories, and now they are a category.

Their albums always seem to have one song that especially breaks away from the rest—as though they're willing to remind us that they're more versatile than we imagined. Here, it's "Broken People," a rocking song with a harsh-slap-of-reality narrative. This is why we keep loving this band. They're smart: they've aged and evolved, and they're redefining what an album can do.

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