Smile From The Streets You Hold
Seriously now. Frusciante used to be the guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers
and there've been all sorts of rumors and probably some truths about crazy-ass
drug abuse, insanity and his all-out disappearance. Smile For The Streets You
Hold would easily have to be the easiest CD to hate that I've ever heard, but
hidden between the disturbingly twisted and tortured vocals there are a few gems.
Occasionally a riff emerges from the noise with the perfect clarity of a single
snowflake, only to melt into the tumult again. Lyrics that are beyond scream, his
voice shattering to bits in mid- incomprehensible verse, alongside sweet, feeling
guitar melodies. Hard shit. Looking into someone's soul without sunglasses.
I saw a Fruiscante BB somewhere filled with believers hailing him as a genius, as
an inspiration, as true unrecognized genius. People wanted to know if
River Phoenix had done the vocals on "Height Down." An artist somewhere tells us that
"John is no more mad than this message is a coatrack. He is simply a genius."
Another says, "No words have taught me more than the ones coming from John
Frusciante's mouth." Let's agree that it's fringe -- way, way out there. I'm giving
it a 0% because you'll have to call this one on your own, sorry.
-James P. Wisdom