RELEASE
1995
LABEL
Rhino/Warner Bros.
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 Behttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  2. Niandra Lades: My Smile Is a Riflehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  3. Niandra Lades: Head (Beach Arab)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  4. Niandra Lades: Big Takeoverhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  5. Niandra Lades: Curtainshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  6. Niandra Lades: Running Away into Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  7. Niandra Lades: Mascarahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  8. Niandra Lades: Been Insanehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  9. Niandra Lades: Skin Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  10. Niandra Lades: Your Pussy's Glued to a Building on Firehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  11. Niandra Lades: Blood on My Neck from Successhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  12. Niandra Lades: Ten to Butter Blood Voodoohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  13. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  14. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  15. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  16. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  17. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  18. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  19. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  20. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  21. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  22. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  23. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  24. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
  25. Usually Just a T-Shirt: [Untitled Track]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/niandra-lades-usually-just/id695204460?uo=5
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