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 Patti Smith

American Punk Artist

Gone Again




Patti Smith

Gone Again - Arista Records 1996 - 6

Is Patti Smith an anachronism or can she be regarded as a genuinely important singer-songwriter. After listening to this album the evidence is inconclusive. Smith was a doyen of the American punk scene and this album seems from another era. She snarls dutifully, but really its all a little bit dated. There are moments of power, however, that save this one from a motiveless grave. Ironically the most impressive track is "My Madrigal" a powerful and poignant ballad that could be one of the great unfound gems of the last couple of years. Overall it is solid without making any real steps forward.