Outside Society: Looking Back 1975-2007 Image
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  • Summary: The latest album from the singer-songwriter includes tracks that span her recording career for both Arista and Columbia Records.
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  1. Sep 9, 2011
    90
    Outside Society serves as an excellent primer for the young person looking to delve into the genius of Patti Smith for the first time as well as an essential addition to the record shelf of any seasoned fan well versed in the catalog of this high priestess of rock 'n' roll.
  2. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    For most of its runtime, Outside Society captures a time when Smith's music was as naïve, romantic, and unforced as her memoir, even if, by the end, the labored intensity of her poetry has prevailed.
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    While Smith fans no doubt have everything contained here -- of the 18 tracks collected , each album is represented -- this disc serves as an excellent introduction to Smith's ever evolving, non-compromising art which combines high-stakes poetry with rock & roll.
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    80
    Because The Night, a Bruce Springsteen co-write whose lyrics she penned for Fred Smith before they were married, still holds special power, especially this remastered version.
  5. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    All hail Patti Smith, the postmodern beat queen who looks back at what she's done and finds a pattern; where excess in all things is fine if succeeded by its opposite.
  6. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    Poetess-godmother of punk compiles own Best Of. And she's still sustaining. [Oct 2011, p.137]
  7. Aug 30, 2011
    59
    For Smith's first four albums, Outside Society is an abridgement that doesn't really do her justice.

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