Ritual de lo habitual

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Ritual de lo habitual
Studio album by Jane's Addiction
Released August 21, 1990
Recorded 1989–1990 at Track Record, North Hollywood, California
Genre Funk metal,[1] psychedelic rock[2]
Length 51:30
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Dave Jerden, Perry Farrell
Jane's Addiction chronology
Nothing's Shocking
(1988)
Ritual de lo habitual
(1990)
Strays
(2003)
Singles from Ritual de lo habitual
  1. "Stop!"
    Released: August 2, 1990
  2. "Three Days"
    Released: August 2, 1990
  3. "Been Caught Stealing"
    Released: November 15, 1990
  4. "Classic Girl"
    Released: July 17, 1991
Alternative cover
"Clean" cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Entertainment Weekly A−[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[7]
The New York Times (unfavorable)[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[11]
Select 5/5 stars[12]
Stylus Magazine (favorable)[2]
Yahoo! Music (mixed)[13]

Ritual de lo habitual is the second full studio album (third overall) by Jane's Addiction, released on August 21, 1990, by Warner Brothers. Co-produced by Dave Jerden, it was the band's final studio album before their initial break-up in 1991. Singles from Ritual de lo habitual include "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!". Ritual de lo habitual is certified 2x Platinum in the U.S.

Music[edit]

The album is roughly broken into two parts. Tracks 1–5 consist of unrelated hard rock style songs. The cassette tape of this album has about ten minutes of silence on side "A". Tracks 6–9, as a whole are in memoriam of singer Perry Farrell's deceased friend known as Xiola Blue, who died of a heroin overdose in 1987 at the age of 19 ("Then She Did" also chronicles Farrell's mother's suicide when he was 4 years old). "Three Days" and "Then She Did," in particular, have a progressive rock influence, while "Of Course" carries an Eastern-influence, with a prominent violin throughout.

The intro segment of "Ain't No Right" features Perry Farrell singing excerpts from "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, which Farrell eventually slurs into an angry rant. At this point, the intro ends and Ain't No Right begins.

"I can spot traces of other people on this album, us included," remarked Alice Cooper, "but that's all they are: traces. They were a really original band. This is their peak album, where they really went out on a limb. Sometimes I get so caught up in these songs, I can actually feel the band pushing themselves to their limits. Sometimes I can't believe how strong it is. I wonder if this will have the same effect on some kid as Chuck Berry had on me…"[14]

Packaging[edit]

Two versions of the disc packaging were created: one album featured cover artwork by singer Perry Farrell, related to the song "Three Days" and including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the "clean cover", and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment (the "freedom of speech" amendment) of the U.S. Constitution. The back cover of the "clean cover" also contains the text:

"Hitler's syphilis-ridden dreams almost came true. How could it happen? By taking control of the media. An entire country was led by a lunatic... We must protect our First Amendment, before sick dreams become law. Nobody made fun of Hitler??!"

The "clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores who refused to stock items with represented nudity.

Reception[edit]

"The gigantic swerve and swagger of Stop, the Chili Pepperish taunts of Ain't No Right, Of Course's raga rocking and, above all, the epic Three Days, where guitarist David [sic] Navarro gets to pile the layers shoulder high, prove to be the stuff of true compulsion," wrote Peter Kane in Q. "Enigmatic, audacious and unpredictable to the last."[15]

"It all makes you realise how few bands actually bother to try and be any good, to play stuff that's inspirational," enthused Andrew Perry in a retrospective review for Select.[16] The same magazine later listed Ritual as the fifth best album of the '90s: "Nevermind would never have been possible without it. And, along the way, they ushered in the Led Zep revival."[17]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 453 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins. 

No. Title Length
1. "Stop!"   4:14
2. "No One's Leaving"   3:01
3. "Ain't No Right"   3:34
4. "Obvious"   5:55
5. "Been Caught Stealing"   3:34
6. "Three Days"   10:48
7. "Then She Did..."   8:18
8. "Of Course"   7:02
9. "Classic Girl"   5:07

Personnel[edit]

Jane's Addiction
Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Herman Agopain - assistant
  • Victor Bracke - photography
  • Kim Champagne - advisor
  • Ronnie S. Champagne - engineering, guitar technician
  • Chris Edwards - assistant
  • Perry Farrell - artwork, production
  • Ross Garfield - drum technician
  • Dave Jerden - production
  • Bob Lacivita - engineering
  • Tom Recchion - advisor
  • Eddy Schreyer - mastering

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charting positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard Top 200 19

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Stop!" Modern Rock Tracks 1
Hot Dance Music Sales 23
1991 "Been Caught Stealing" Modern Rock Tracks 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Hot Dance Music Sales 13
"Classic Girl" Modern Rock Tracks 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jane's Addiciton - Ritual de lo Habitual". Spin 6 (9). December 1990. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ a b Stylus Magazine Review
  3. ^ Ritual de lo habitual at AllMusic
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (September 13, 1990). "Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 3, 1991). "Consumer Guide Dec. 3, 1991: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (Village Voice Media). Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly Review
  7. ^ Gold, Jonathan (September 2, 1990). "*** 1/2 JANE'S ADDICTION "Ritual de lo Habitual" Warner Bros .: Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to five (a classic)". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  8. ^ NYT Review
  9. ^ Q, October 1990
  10. ^ Davis, Erik (October 18, 1990). "Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Jane's Addiction: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Select, circa February 1995
  13. ^ Yahoo! Music Review
  14. ^ Melody Maker, 18 June 1994
  15. ^ Q, October 1990
  16. ^ Select, circa February 1995
  17. ^ Select, February 1996
  18. ^ RS500: 453) Ritual de lo Habitual. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-05-10.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Ritual de lo Habitual in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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