****** Na sowas - ausgerechnet ihr wichtigstes (und bestes?) Album war noch nicht erfasst. Ganz gross! Die kompromisslose Umsetzung einer künstlerischen Vision. Sie ist wahrlich keine begnadete Sängerin, beeindruckt vielmehr durch ihre Poesie, Ausdruckskraft und Energie.
***** Ausgezeichnete Platte, leider mit ein, zwei Hängern - aber Gloria verhilft zu glatten *****Sternchen - Die erste von vier großartigen LP's der 70er Jahre von ihr Zuletzt editiert: 14.07.2008 20:22
*** I'd like to think I have a rudimentary knowledge on many well-known artists from yesteryear, but while I've heard Patti Smith's name before, I've never really known much about her work. At times there are some cool moments here, but for me 'Redondo Beach' is the only song where it gels together cohesively. This, as her debut record, was widely acclaimed by critics and I suppose a main reason for that is how different it sounds. Sure, there's piano and guitar for much of it, but you have her very odd vocal style. At times I'd describe it as yodeling, but that spoken word style of hers changes it up again. The song structures are often quite weird too; it's difficult to work out what the chorus is and this is especially the case for the two longer songs on the record.
The weirder thing for me is how influential this album seemingly was. Her sound is quite unique and it's not really one that is heard much these days. Yes, it's groundbreaking in terms of sound and attitude, but I do think that there is a weighting towards experimental work like this around the mid-'70s (Vietnam War etc.) because Patti Smith certainly isn't your average singer-songwriter. Unfortunately this album's quality is average.