Strays - Jane's Addiction

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. New frontiers for rock aren't exactly broached, but then that was hardly the point.
  2. Strays lacks what what made the band great in the first place: believable songs and lyrics.
  3. It's good in its own right, but perhaps you're better off listening to it in isolation from the rest of their canon. It's not quite there, but it is definitely a good record.
  4. It really is like they've never been away; their glee and enthusiasm can be heard coursing through every bar.
  5. Jane's Addiction have finally come up with music that can stand alongside their previous albums.
  6. The power of Jane's Addiction is undiminished by Strays (this is still a band creating music unlike any other artist), but the imagination, bravado, and songwriting smarts apparent from previous classics is sadly missing.
  7. Bereft of the force of ideas, the swelling of potential, it largely settles for a pleasant, high-calorie buzz of guitar heroics and sonic familiarity.
  8. The songs rock -- and ferociously -- but that's pretty much all they do.
  9. An ambitious, exuberant effort that moves through hard-rock cave stomps into swaggering funk and loopy folk, ''Strays'' sounds like the work of a committed band intent on hanging around longer than the current Lollapalooza life span.
  10. This is carefully architected to pack arenas.
  11. Perhaps a sign of the group's growth as artists, perhaps merely a hint of the changing times, Strays is an expertly crafted rock album, noticeably lacking much of Jane's earlier alternative sensibilities.
  12. Strays masterfully re-creates the surface of Jane's Addiction's sound, but in the process neglects to capture the band's vulnerability, its many idiosyncrasies, or even the all-important sense that Farrell has much left to say.
  13. 78
    What was once so fresh is now a little tired. [#6, p.80]
  14. 80
    They sound great on it. [Aug 2003, p.90]
  15. 80
    Nothing too shocking, then, but their old magic surges through: you won't be disappointed. [Sep 2003, p.112]
  16. This is a band consolidating their talents rather than simply showcasing them. [Aug 2003, p.108]
  17. Better than anyone could have predicted. [Sep 2003, p.112]
  18. 40
    Too much of Strays settles for the pedestrian. [Aug 2003, p.126]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    I made the mistake in making this my introduction to Jane's Addiction. Not nearly as good as Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual. It does have its moments with Just Because and Superhero. Full Review »