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Jane's Addiction

"Irresistible Force"

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August 3, 2011

This single — from The Great Escape Artist, Jane's Addiction's first album in eight years, due September 27th — comes on like an art-metal freak show set on some distant planet. It opens with Perry Farrell sounding like Carl Sagan in an episode of Cosmos, musing ominously about the stars and some sort of big bang. The verses are built around droning funk, as the band backs Farrell's ponderings with a rubbery bass line and some clattering percussion. But then Farrell unleashes that familiar majestic bray of his, asks whether we wonder what the band looks like naked (uh, that horse has left the barn, dude) and announces, "God is a real man." Or is it "God isn't real, man?" Whatever: Giant guitar swarms from Dave Sitek and Dave Navarro soon blow away Farrell's philosophizing.

This review was updated to reflect the following: Dave Sitek is not a co-producer for The Great Escape Artist, but rather a member of the album's creative team. The album's producer is Rich Costey.

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