Jane’s Addiction 1990 album ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ is one of those early 90s albums that has stood the test of time. It’s particularly interesting in that it shows the amalgamation of many different stylistic influences (be it hard rock, progressive rock and post-punk) without ever sounding derivative. If singles like the rocking ‘Stop!’ and ‘Been Caught Stealing’ display the power this band could achieve when they simply wanted to rock out, it’s however longer and more atmospheric tracks such as ‘Three Days’ and ‘Then She Did…’ that prove how brilliant the band could be.
On a side but relevant note, it’s curious to remember that guitarist Dave Navarro has frequently cited Jimi Hendrix, Daniel Ash and Robert Smith as his main artistic influences…And singer Perry Farrel’s high-pitched voice may take some time to get used to, but the effort in listening will eventually pay off (and by the way, rather then other Jane’s Addiction albums, which don’t do very much for me, I’d recommend instead as further listening Farrel’s 1992-1998 group, Porno For Pyros, also very interesting in its incorporation of a post-punk influence without sounding like a copy – their 1993 eponymous album is particularly good).
Anyway, here goes an youtube link to what may well be JA’s very best song ever, ‘Three Days’: