Patti Smith's 11th album is her most energized in years
"Banga" feels like both a return to form and a renewal
The album comes out on June 5.
The 65-year-old Priestess of Punk recently roared back into the zeitgeist thanks to her National Book Award-winning 2010 memoir, “Just Kids.”
So perhaps it makes sense that Patti Smith’s 11th album is her most energized in years, if not decades.
Relieved of the protest poetry of 2004’s enjoyable but politically burdened “Trampin’,” “Banga” feels like both a return to form and a renewal – with Lenny Kaye’s Sonic Youth-ful guitar meshing with Smith’s literary lyricism the way it did when they were, well, just kids. Grade: A-