The Great Escape Artist
Label: Capitol Records
In the past four decades, Jane's Addiction has released four albums, weathered nearly as many breakups and endured myriad controversies and rumors. Regardless, The Great Escape Artist contains the most lavish and progressive compositions of the band's tumultuous career. This music is neo-Radiohead art rock, basically. The one thing it does lack -- and this reveals the importance of original bassist Eric Avery, replaced here by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek -- is that violent funk-metal thump that made Jane's Addiction unique to begin with.