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Classic Album Review: Perry Farrell | Song Yet to be Sung

The freewheeling singer’s solo debut takes a hard left turn into idiosncratic EDM.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Give Perry Farrell credit: He’s usually ahead of the curve.

With his old band Jane’s Addiction, he pretty much invented alt-rock. With Lollapalooza, he pioneered the modern-day, multi-band package tour. Now that he’s become a father, supposedly he’s given up drugs and become hooked on religion. And he has a new sonic jones: Dance music. Song Yet to be Sung, Farrell’s first solo album, unveils a rave new world of bouncing big beats, trancy techno and jittery drum ’n’ bass kineticism. Of course, being Perry Farrell, he doesn’t serve up the usual four-on-the-floor thump ’n’ samples as everyone else. Instead, he laces his groovy electronics with plenty of organic instrumentation — swoopy bass lines, ethno-beat grooves, alt-rock riffs, guitars supplied by former bandmate Dave Navarro. All of them help form an acid-house backdrop for his shamanistic, yelping vocals and hippie-dippie lyrics about Jubilee. What it doesn’t do, however, is produce anything with the gritty greatness of his work with Jane’s or Porno for Pyros. Still, there’s no denying this CD is another fascinating curve ball from a guy who knows how to pitch ’em.

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