Trampin' 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"… Trampin' 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"… 2004-04-27 Patti Smith
Music Review

Trampin' (2004)

Patti Smith | WORD-SMITH Patti's new album is filled with the lyrical poetry that's become her trademark
Image credit: Patti Smith: Eamonn McCabe / Camera Press / Retna
WORD-SMITH Patti's new album is filled with the lyrical poetry that's become her trademark
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 27, 2004; Lead Performance: Patti Smith

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.

Originally posted Apr 26, 2004 Published in issue #762-763 Apr 30, 2004 Order article reprints