Patti Smith: Eamonn McCabe / Camera Press / Retna
Marc Weingarten
April 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Trampin'

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Patti Smith

We gave it a B+

A cri de coeur for a world gone wrong, Patti Smith’s new album, Trampin’, reaches heights of lyrical grace on tracks like ”Mother Rose” and ”Trespasses” but also sinks into pretentious polemics, as is the singer’s wont. Still, Smith’s stridency is offset by elemental yet beguiling melodies and a gift for poetic imagery that is unrivaled even now, almost 30 years after her first record.

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