BANGA 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… BANGA 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… 2012-06-05 Patti Smith Rock Columbia
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Banga (2012)

PUNK PRODIGY Patti Smith's rings in her 11th album with energized lyrics and rocker sounds
PUNK PRODIGY Patti Smith's rings in her 11th album with energized lyrics and rocker sounds
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2012; Lead Performance: Patti Smith; Genre: Rock; Production: Columbia

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 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. A-

Best Tracks:
Tender ballad April Fool
Stormy Banga
Originally posted May 23, 2012 Published in issue #1209-1210 Jun 01, 2012 Order article reprints
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