9 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A year after her critically lauded debut, Horses, Patti Smith and her bandmates returned with the savage, liberated, and only slightly more commercial avant-punk of Radio Ethiopia. “Ask the Angels” is one of Smith’s most thrilling rockers, the loose riffs and scream-along chorus perfect inspiration for pissed-off teens. “Distant Fingers” is a poetic plea for rescue from an earthly existence, while Smith lets loose the bile for tortured ballad “Pissing In a River,” invoking bodily functions to describe a painful breakup.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A year after her critically lauded debut, Horses, Patti Smith and her bandmates returned with the savage, liberated, and only slightly more commercial avant-punk of Radio Ethiopia. “Ask the Angels” is one of Smith’s most thrilling rockers, the loose riffs and scream-along chorus perfect inspiration for pissed-off teens. “Distant Fingers” is a poetic plea for rescue from an earthly existence, while Smith lets loose the bile for tortured ballad “Pissing In a River,” invoking bodily functions to describe a painful breakup.

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