Patti Smith’s Banga

Beautiful rage:Patti Smith's Banga
the sharpened edge of her white
hot love for all life.

I’ve been meaning to write about Patti Smith’s newest album, Banga, for some time now.

For now I’ll only say this: I think it’s her best album so far, or at least one of her best. Smith’s major albums are probably Easter, Horses, and Wave, and I think Banga needs to take its place alongside those. The listening experience is probably closest to Easter, but with less rage, more complex arrangements, and more world music flavors. If you’re not listening, you’re missing out.

Author: James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.

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