for June 14, 2004
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Patti Walks The Walk
by Jeff Raspe
Patti Smith - Trampin' (Columbia)
Punk rock's poet laureate has recently released her ninth album in almost
30 years of recording. Trampin' is her first for her new label Columbia
after an entire career on Arista. She, along with her band - Lenny Kaye,
Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan, and Oliver Ray - have made what one could
consider one of the most important albums of the year. Smith is a poet in
the traditional sense of the word...when there's something that needs to be
said, she says it. One shouldn't be surprised to find very political
messages (but not didactic ones) on the new album right next to very
personal messages. She's also been one of the most experimental artists
when it comes to the art of making recordings. Most of Trampin' was
recorded live from the ground up with her band with the exception of
strings here and there and a field recording of children playing ("Radio
Baghdad"). There are two songs that clock in at over 9 minutes including
the mostly improvised "Radio Baghdad" which comes in at over 12 minutes.
©2004 Jeff Raspe
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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