RELEASE
1995
LABEL
American
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop

Album Review

Upon leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992, guitarist John Frusciante delved into home recording, eventually completing a 12-track album titled Niandra Lades that bore the influence of '60s oddballs like Syd Barrett and Captain Beefheart. Niandra Lades languished on the shelf for a while until it was paired with another 12-track collection of Frusciante's home-taping efforts; this one, titled Usually Just a T-Shirt, concentrated on pleasant psychedelic instrumentals with plenty of backward-guitar effects. While some might find the jump from bizarre vocal numbers to atmospheric instrumentals (and the resultant shift in mood) a bit jarring, the two halves do share certain characteristics. Frusciante's singing voice has a fragile, wispy quality that sits well next to the often delicate second half, and the sparse arrangements of the first half help set the stage for the gossamer guitar work later on. Because the whole project has a definite stream-of-consciousness feel, it does fall prey to underdeveloped ideas at times, but overall, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt is an intriguing and unexpected departure from Frusciante's work with the Chili Peppers.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Niandra Lades: As Can Behttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Niandra Lades: My Smile Is a Riflehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Niandra Lades: Head (Beach Arab)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Niandra Lades: Big Takeoverhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Niandra Lades: Curtainshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Niandra Lades: Running Away into Youhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Niandra Lades: Mascarahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Niandra Lades: Been Insanehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Niandra Lades: Skin Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Niandra Lades: Your Pussy's Glued to a Building on Firehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Niandra Lades: Blood on My Neck from Successhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Niandra Lades: Ten to Butter Blood Voodoohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  21. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  22. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  23. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  24. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  25. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fniandra-lades-usually-just%252Fid695204460%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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