Brklynrider | Brooklyn - NYC | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Gone Again" represents one of the strongest Patti Smith Albums in years, easily joining the ranks of "Horses", "Radio Ethiopia", and "Easter." People curious about Patti Smith must come at her work with an understanding that she is not a pop-star tossing out throw away music or following quickly fading trends. Her work stands alone, often as a lone voice amidst the CD stacks in your local store, offering a wholly unique view and artistry. Introspective, exploratory, challenging and literate. She is truly an American treasure.
I view the strength of her albums on their coherence and the layering of lyrical vocals over the musical composition. The band in each of its incarnations is without peer. If you want to hear a powerhouse, tight, intuitive and virtuoso band, listen to the musicianship on any of the albums I have mentioned - including this one.
With that general overview posted, let me say the two opening tracks "Gone Again" and "Beneath The Southern Cross" are a one-two opening punch that few artists could come up with in a lifetime - let alone on one album. This album is a classic. Patti's burden has always been the challenge of the comparison of each subsequent album to the masterpiece "Horses." "Radio Ethiopia", "Easter" and now "Gone Again" can be added to the Pantheon of brilliance Patti seems to create out of her life's greatest triumphs and deepest sorrows.
An incredible album."
Breath-taking acoustic songs.
John Doe | 01/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"those acoustic songs are so beautiful, it's just amazing. even though i definatly love 70's mother of punk rock patti smith, i just can't get over how gorgeous these acoustic driven songs are. anyone who loves real heartfelt music will love this. patti never fails to amaze me."