ARTIST: Jane’s Addiction
TITLE: Ritual de lo Haibitual
YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: #19
SINGLES: Stop! (#1 Alternative), Been Caught Stealing (#1 Alternative, #29 Mainstream, #34 UK), Three Days, Classic Girl (#15 Alternative, #60 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Ain’t No Right
LINEUP: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, Stephen Perkins. Classical musicians helped on a couple of tracks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Split into two sections, Jane’s second album shows both sides of Perry Farrell and the band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Roaring out of the gate with “Stop!” and furiously blasting through five tracks (ending with the enduring “Been Caught Stealing”), the first half of Ritual de lo Habitual is everything you thought you wanted from an alternative rock band.
Then you get to the second half, and that’s upended.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get that second half – four long songs about Farrell’s ex-girlfriend and the suicide of his mother. Moody, ethereal, with the long, intense “Three Days” the highlight, with Dave Navarro’s guitar solo the highlight. It took a big leap of faith for a band known for riffs and volume (for the most part) to branch out like this.
They pretty much imploded after this, and while the band came back (for the most part), it never was the same. How could it?
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Many retailers didn’t want to stock the album due to the cover, so the band produced an alternate cover with the 1st Amendment and a warning about facism for those stores.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A+: It grows on you. You put it away for a while, and listen to it, and it intrigues you more and more.