Curtains (John Frusciante album)

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Studio album by John Frusciante solo
Released February 1, 2005
Recorded May 8–14 and May 19–23, 2004
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 33:42
Label Record Collection
Producer John Frusciante
John Frusciante solo chronology
A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
(2004)A Sphere in the Heart of Silence2004
(2007)AW II2007
John Frusciante chronology
A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
(2004) A Sphere in the Heart of Silence2004
(2005) Curtains2005
The Special 12 Singles Series
(2005) The Special 12 Singles Series2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Soul Shine Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[3]
Ultimate Guitar 9.9 stars on a 10 point scale[4]

Curtains is the eighth solo album by John Frusciante, released on February 1, 2005 on Record Collection. The album is primarily an acoustic album, in contrast to his previous collaboration with Josh Klinghoffer, A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, which was mostly electronic. According to Frusciante, the album was recorded in his living room: "It was just me sitting on a pillow, on my living room floor, with my back leaning against the couch."[5]

The album features contributions from Autolux drummer Carla Azar, upright bassist Ken Wild, and The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, with Frusciante noting, "Carla from the band Autolux plays drums. I loved having a feminine energy. My friend Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta played some guitar. He and I do these solos together where we're using the same amp at the same time."[6]

A video was released for "The Past Recedes".

The vinyl edition of the record saw a repressing from Record Collection on December 11, 2012. These reissued records are 180 gram and come with a download of choice between MP3 and WAV formats of the album.

The album cover is reproduced from 17th-century painting "Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld" by the Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Younger.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Frusciante.

  1. "The Past Recedes" – 3:53
  2. "Lever Pulled" – 2:22
  3. "Anne" – 3:35
  4. "The Real" – 3:06
  5. "A Name" – 2:03
  6. "Control" – 4:29
  7. "Your Warning" – 3:33
  8. "Hope" – 1:56
  9. "Ascension" – 2:52
  10. "Time Tonight" – 3:12
  11. "Leap Your Bar" – 2:36


  • John Frusciante – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, melodica, piano, string ensemble, mellotron, synthesizer, treatments, producer, design
  • Omar Rodríguez-López – lead guitar on "Lever Pulled", joined lead guitar with Frusciante on "Anne"
  • Carla Azar – drums
  • Ken Wild – double bass
  • Didier Martín - production
  • Ryan Hewitt – engineer, mixing
  • Chris Holmes – additional mixing
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Lola Montes – photography
  • Mike Piscitelli – design
  • Dave Lee – equipment technician