9 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As grand (and grandiose) as Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction’s major-label debut seemed, its follow-up Ritual de lo Habitual outstripped it sonically and in its ambition. With “alternative music” and metal getting more and more happily acquainted, the quartet smashed together a meld that not only sounded right but was, just a year and change before the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, very timely. Guitarist Dave Navarro divebombed through a near-claustrophobic mix with heavy riffage and squawling high-end solos. His vocal foil, Perry Farrell, staggered a line between pretension and self-knowing humor — “Been Caught Stealing” was hilarious with or without its petty-thievery video; “Ain’t No Right” insisted that there was likewise “no wrong,” but its greater message was “I am skin and bones, I am pointy nose/But it motherf-----’ makes me try!” Farrell went on to prove the relevance of his DIY message as Lollapalooza founder.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As grand (and grandiose) as Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction’s major-label debut seemed, its follow-up Ritual de lo Habitual outstripped it sonically and in its ambition. With “alternative music” and metal getting more and more happily acquainted, the quartet smashed together a meld that not only sounded right but was, just a year and change before the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, very timely. Guitarist Dave Navarro divebombed through a near-claustrophobic mix with heavy riffage and squawling high-end solos. His vocal foil, Perry Farrell, staggered a line between pretension and self-knowing humor — “Been Caught Stealing” was hilarious with or without its petty-thievery video; “Ain’t No Right” insisted that there was likewise “no wrong,” but its greater message was “I am skin and bones, I am pointy nose/But it motherf-----’ makes me try!” Farrell went on to prove the relevance of his DIY message as Lollapalooza founder.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

cdspence ,

An Alternative Rock Masterpiece

This album is possibly one of the 3 most influential early Alternative rock albums, with the other two being Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Nevermind. This is back in a day where alternative rock was good. And Ritual has everything. Tracks 1 through 5 are upbeat and memorable whereas 6-9 are mezmorizing works of progressive rock. The epic second half of this cd is something that you can meditate to. The entire second half of the album makes up a great mini concept in itself. Everything in this album fits. Ritual De Lo Habitual is a classic that every alt. rock fan should own.

keitherss ,

So So Sexy-Sweet

One of the most criminaly underrated albums of the 90's. How this doesn't get more recognition... it's perfect. no wasted tracks. no wasted seconds.

Rock star69 ,

Finally

They Finally got the full album. Jane's Addiction is one of the greatest!

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