Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt review by John Frusciante

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1994
  • Sound: 4
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 4.7 Poor
  • Users' score: 9.4 (170 votes)
John Frusciante: Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt

Sound — 4
The Red Hot Chili Peppers lead guitarist has an attempt at solo music. Frusciante is armed with only his voice and a guitar. Don't expect classic Chili Peppers because you're not going to get it. About this time of his life, John was heavily into drugs and could barely keep a song going. The talent sounds like its ready to burst out, but it never peaks.

Lyrics — 6
As a singer on this album, John is terrible. As a lyricist, he is much better. The lyrics of his songs project the pain he is going through ar this time in his life, but unfortunately his voice struggles to project this satisfactorially.

Overall Impression — 4
John's better work comes from a prior album, 'To Record Only Water Fo Ten Days.' His attempt at experimentalism is not the best of his ability. To hear Frusciante in his prime, one would be best off buying Red Hot Chili Peppers albums like 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.'

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