PATTI SMITH'S 'BEST LP SINCE HORSES' AND OTHER RX CD RECOMMENDATIONS

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Patti Smith’s very existence as a major, major-label artist flies in the face of music biz logic. The queen of the fierce poet-androgynes hasn’t had a hit single since “Because the Night,” her 1978 power-ballad co-write with Bruce Springsteen. Its parent album, Easter, is the only Smith set to reach the UK top 20 (both Easter and its 79 follow-up Wave cracked the US top 20).

The 65-year-old took eight years off in the 80s to raise her children, and has made just seven albums in the 24 years since her comeback. Yet here she is, still in tandem with her first guitarist Lenny Kaye, still getting the big prestige-artist push from her label, and still making tough-but-dreamy, sensual-but-uncompromising primary colour rock that behaves as if the last 30 years of musical innovation never happened. Weirdest of all, Patti Smith still sounds vital, relevant and quite, quite brilliant.

You know that old joke about how every Bowie album gets reviewed as “his best album since Scary Monsters” but never actually is? Well, it’s time for the iconic female equivalent of the same yarn. Banga is the best Patti Smith album since Horses. No one else makes rock records as rich, poetic and sexy as this. Not even Polly Harvey.BBC

OTHER NEW RX CD RECOMMENDATIONS:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Americana
Brandi Carlile Bear Creek
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Big Moon Ritual
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Beach Boys That’s Why God Made Radio
Japandroids Celebration Rock
The Hives Lex Hives
Liars Wixiw
Mynabirds Generals
Paul Simon Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition (deluxe and box set versions also available)
Langhorne Slim and the Law The Way We Move
Joe Walsh Analog Man
Shawn Colvin All Fall Down
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 40th Anniversary Edition
Curren$y Stoned Immaculate

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