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  1. A collection of hypnotic, human rock & roll that extols such seemingly antiquated virtues as moral fiber, history, and love as spirituality.
  2. Gung Ho feels like it's operating slightly outside the constraints of time, as if it were simultaneously a product of the past four decades and a look back at them from a vantage point far in the future.
  3. Even at its slickest moments, Gung Ho is worthwhile, not only for Smith's lyrics but for her soulful vocals. At 53, she sounds much like the jazz vocalists who develop and train their voices as they age.
  4. Easily the icon's strongest, most satisfying effort since her '78 classic "Easter," "Gung Ho" is, by turns, wistfully poetic and sharply observational.
  5. 70
    Smith's third album since her mid-'90s comeback, might be a more orderly affair than one might have hoped for, but she's still capable of wreaking a little havoc.
  6. It's a terrible pity: when she stops politicising like a councillor on a complementary therapy summer camp, there's music here that's full of the febrile commitment and unashamed passion that marked her out as a valid icon in 1975.
  7. Despite the presence of original Patti Smith Group members Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, this lacks the buzz of her past material.

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  1. KevinT
    Dec 3, 2003
    10
    I think that Gung Ho is a fine CD and, personally, I don't think there's a bad track on it. In fact, I think it's her most I think that Gung Ho is a fine CD and, personally, I don't think there's a bad track on it. In fact, I think it's her most complete recording. I recommend that people go and purchase this. It's a nice antidote to some of the purile crap ( often lauded by critics ) lurking out there. Expand