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John Frusciante

Niandra Lades & Usually Just A T-Shirt

RS: 2of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4.5of 5 Stars


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A meltdown project from the Chili Peppers guitarist that doesn't sound any better one decade later originally released in 1994, john frusciante's first solo album was notable mainly for sounding even shoddier than the early home recordings of Guided by Voices. Frusciante has given the Red Hot Chili Peppers some of their best hooks, but on Niandra LaDes the guitarist's eccentricities run seriously amok. Sounding like a string of four-track demos, the first part of the album is slightly more tuneful than the more ambient, experimental second section, but that's a minor distinction. Mostly what you get are Frusciante's acoustic-guitar scratchings and stream-of-conscious ramblings (sample song title: "Your Pussy's Glued to a Building on Fire"), with some bansheelike wailing that doesn't sound any better nine years after the fact. Note to all but the most hardcore Chili Peppers fans: Caveat emptor.

(RS 929, August 21, 2003)

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ssiknailati writes:

5of 5 Stars

Niandra Lades & Usually Just A T-Shirt is one of my favorite albums. It is certainly a must have for any John Frusciante fan. Despite the vocals that seem to be a little rough around the edges it displays some amazing guitar work, especially on the second half of the album. Although, overall I don't find the vocals to be that 'horrifying' as others may claim but I suppose it is all about personal taste. By the time you finish listening to the entire album you will have felt multiple emotions at once. John Frusciante really is a musical genius.

Jul 5, 2007 23:16:52

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roses4free writes:

4of 5 Stars

The cleanest widely available stripped naked and all natural John Frusciante in the mother fuckin' marketplace. Sad music, beautiful pixies dancing and doing what it is pixies do. However, hearing this music i find it difficult to keep a steady mindset throughout the whole album, usually i have to get up, or skip a few tracks to hear the best songs, but every track has a place somewhere in the universe, i believe your soul may finds a mate a niche a fulfliment and/or inspiration in the oddest tracks. Odd tracks. That's what this music is, sometimes whole compostions that encompose mystical habitats whose durations are anywheres from about 2 minutes to 15. It is four track bedroom recording perfection in all its imperfection which shows you dont need drugs to transcend your reality. Steal this album today!

Sep 2, 2006 10:33:54

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