Throw Back Thursday: John Frusciante’s Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-shirt

By: Stephany Salamea
To say John Fruciante’s debut solo effort, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-shirt is strange and unique is an enormous understatement. It honestly doesn’t sound like anything I’d ever heard before, and thats exactly what I love about it. Most of the album feels improvised, psychedelic, raw, and experimental. In comparison to whats out there these days, and what was out during the time of its release in the early 90s, this album is truly refreshing. This is Frusciante in his heyday, at his musical best, while at his personal worst. This intriguing dichotomy can clearly be heard on Niandra through beautiful guitar work but rather dark and vulgar content. If you’re a fan of Frusciante’s work from the RHCP records, there is a lot of interesting background info to this album that I encourage you to explore. Like a lot of his solo work, at some points Niandra can even become difficult to listen to but the payoff is worth it.
Theres no explaining this one. If you dig it, you dig it, if you don’t, you don’t. But if you enjoy that progressive guitar god sound then give it a chance cause this ones for you.

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