Do Jane’s Addiction have a Dorian Gray-style portrait stashed away in some LA mansion getting ever more decrepit while the veteran alt-rock debauchees remain miraculously young? Well, no: not on the evidence of The Great Escape Artist, their first album in eight years.

Frontman Perry Farrell gamely yelps about the bohemian lifestyle of drugs, sex and mysticism that made them LA’s freaky flipside to Mötley Crüe in the 1980s while guitarist sidekick Dave Navarro provides crunching riffs and dizzy psychedelic effects. It makes for a solid comeback, with a certain nostalgic charm, but plodders such as “Twisted Tales” point to a band grown bulkier and less nimble with age.

Jane’s Addiction

The Great Escape Artist

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