Aujourd'hui, à l'ouverture de mon génèrateur favori, Patti Smith au menu. A la vision de la pochette, je me dis "tiens, un nouvel album d'un artiste effeminé à l'orientation sexuelle douteuse". Premier erreur de ma part, puisque après vérification de sa page Wikipedia, Patti n'est pas le diminutif de Patrick mais bien de Patricia. Mais la lecture de sa page Wikipedia m'en apprendra bien plus, et ce avant même d'avoir lancé l'album. Patrick est considéré comme le parrain de la punk, c'est donc sans surprise que je me lance dans un album composé exclusivemetn de musique folk rock. Pas la moindre note de punk, pas même une apparition de travestis a perruque blonde. Rien ne se sera passé comme prévu lors de cette écoute, mais n'est-ce pas la l'apanage de notre Robert, ne cesser de nous surprendre avec des albums tous moins interessants les uns que les autres?
En me renseignant sur Patti Smith, j'ai très vite appris qu'elle était considérée par beaucoup comme la marraine du mouvement punk. La suite de mes recherches donna raison à cette affirmation puisque j'ai obtenu l'accès à de nombreuses photographies de Patti la montrant assise devant différents Carrefours City, canette de 8.6 à la main droite et demi-douzaine de laisses de clebs dans la gauche. Un portrait bien loin de l'image lisse à laquelle veulent nous faire croire les merdias.
Full disclosure: I love Patti Smith. This review is less about the album itself and more about its influence so many years later. Gloria is one the best openers ever in my opinion and “Jesus died for somebody’s birthday sins but not mine” is an amazing opening line. You can tell Patti is a poet first with her lyrics. She also definitely loves to pay homage to her influences, covering My Generation and the references to other artists in songs. Particularly enjoyed Free Money and Land. We all know that I’m a lyrics first person, and so what better person to listen to than a poet. She is the godmother of punk and a paver of the path for riot grrls everywhere. I love her.
The polish, I hate the polish. Gimme the real stuff. Patti Smith is a total badass and her passion and intense desire to create something regardless of natural talent and poise is infectious. There's a gravitational pull toward her I don't quite understand, it's certainly not her voice which I can understand puts some people off. I think it stems more from just doing whatever the fuck she wants to do and be completely unapologetic about it. I've seen this emulated for years in music, but it appears I've found the source of truth in this album. I love the builds in her songs, the way she slowly dips into song and by the end of it has erupted and is totally killing it with chaos like in Free Money and especially Birdland. I enjoyed her cover of Gloria and the Horses song is hella fun. To boil it down to the bare minimum, it's Patti Smith, and the quality of this music that I really love. It's refreshing not to sense an overt drive toward fame, generating sales and digging in to create a brand or perfect album. This just seems real, like it was MADE, not focus-tested, manufactured and built.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Eccentric white girl like Alanis but with less rock and more grunge undertones
I am crazy about this album it is so good oml. Patti Smith is so cool wth. Also she has my favorite type of voice it's just so good. Most Memorable Song : All the songs were so good, but I have to say it was definitely her cover of "My generation" she absolutely destroyed that song. It was already an iconic song of the 60s and she brought it back. Other moments : Every other song, literally every single one of them. My favorites are Gloria, Land : Horses, and Break it up. I would reccomend listening to the live versions because they hit different.
Beautifully unbeautiful. Raw. Punk. Lyrically magnificent, sonically tense that resolves and pushes.
Wow! This album really surprised me. Labeled punk rock, this is not what I thought of when punk rock comes up. I’m getting a musical education for sure, which makes this experience so valuable. Props to u/SidledsGunnar! From the get go, Gloria is a blazing, fresh take on a classic. I’m down with the spoken word mixed with singing verses. The androgynous cover picture is a powerful statement contrary to how women in music are evaluated (today included let alone 1975), even though Patti downplayed it stating that’s just the way she dressed. From the subtle reggae beat on Redondo Beach, to the somber scenes of Birdland, to the dreaming hopes of Free Money, and the expansive Land, there is a lot to explore here. This album is fantastic. This album is in the 4 or 5 range, and I’m relying on the historical significance, and my desire to continue listening, to push it over the line.
Amazing, amazing, amazing album. Patti smith is a legend. Considered by many to be the first punk album. Wish I could have seen her a CBGB back in the day.
Oh yeah, this was fantastic - a great discovery for me. I feel like PJ Harvey inherited some sort of spiritual crown from Patti Smith. Fave track - "Land" is a wonderful post-punk (proto-punk? para-punk?) odyssey!
Had to do some reading to understand the context behind this album. An interesting story, and pretty bold music for its time, I think. My first was a little bit of shock about how odd / raw this album is, which it turns out was a major aim of hers.
Never got this. Never sure I will. Seems to lack in hooks and memorable moments. 2/5
Don't believe the hype. Nothing punk about this album. It's a boring slog. Find anybody else from the same CBGB era that Patti Smith was and they will be infinitely more punk and infinitely less boring.
holy crap, can i give this 7 stars? so, so good, and what a great storyteller she is on top of the music
It isn't hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album, which anticipated the new wave by a year or so: the simple, crudely played rock & roll, featuring Lenny Kaye's rudimentary guitar work, the anarchic spirit of Smith's vocals, and the emotional and imaginative nature of her lyrics -- all prefigure the coming movement as it evolved on both sides of the Atlantic. Smith is a rock critic's dream, a poet as steeped in '60s garage rock as she is in French Symbolism; "Land" carries on from the Doors' "The End," marking her as a successor to Jim Morrison, while the borrowed choruses of "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances" are more in tune with the era of sampling than they were in the '70s. Producer John Cale respected Smith's primitivism in a way that later producers did not, and the loose, improvisatory song structures worked with her free verse to create something like a new spoken word/musical art form: Horses was a hybrid, the sound of a post-Beat poet, as she put it, "dancing around to the simple rock & roll song." [Source: https://www.allmusic.com/album/horses-mw0000198924]
Savages + Janelle Monae. Quite enjoyed.
One of my favorite albums of all time. Absolute classic and and it's so import for the influence that followed after its release. Will always recommend this one to anyone who will listen.
This album is so ridiculously influential, it seems inconsequential to rate it. Patti Smith's debut is so many things at once. It is primal, messy, poetic, delicate, irreverent, rebellious, and beautiful all at once. This album is much indebted to earlier rock forms, but she manages to incorporate those forms into the mix in a new and exciting way. Often called the godmother of punk, Patti Smith to me seems like a natural successor to the Beat movement with her stream of consciousness lyrics and spoken word passages. Simply put, this album is essential and incredible.
Patti Smith is a goddamned national treasure and I'll fight anyone who disagrees. From the very first line of this album ("Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine") to the haunting, closing notes of Elegie, this is an incredible debut album. 5 stars.
Thank you, 1001 Albums Generator! Patti Smith is an artist I've constantly heard of, but never explored beyond "G-L-O-R-I-A." After finally listening to "Horses," I totally get the hype. Sometimes raw and punk, sometimes like an open mic or poetry slam (a good one, not the cringey emo ones). Another thing I've been thinking about with this experiment is the evolution of musical styles. With Patti I thought about the evolution of female rock singers - the 70s took us from Janis Joplin to Patti Smith to Heart to the Slits, and so much of the 80s and 90s was built from those foundations. Without Janis, would any of these women have found their style? I feel like she really opened the door for dynamic rock frontwomen. Patti Smith absolutely takes that opening and runs with it. Between "Birdland," "Land," and "American Pie," it certainly is the week of long songs. Kind of didn't mind the length though - they keep it interesting.
Oh you mean female Bob Dylan? Besides her song bird land making me want to kill myself she was alright.
I might have made a huge mistake partaking in this endeavor.
I don't like this. Sounds like the same arty shit from The Velvet Underground. Complety overrated. And what's up with the wining vocals.
The music press loved her in the 70s, which was always a bad sign and I never saw the attraction. I remember seeing her doing Horses live on the OGWT and hated it (she also murdered Because the Night). Nothing on this album changes my opinion.
Ahhh another "critics' favourite" - likely a longer debate but why are these so often terrible? So this exhibits a "punk attitude" which means what exactly? It's a little bit funny (or annoying if any of it mattered at all) that it's likely the same critics at the time who loved this labeled prog-rock as "pretentious" - but what could be more pretentious than this sonic shit sandwich? Bad meandering poetry loudly (so dreadfully loudly) mixed over mind-numblingly boring boring boring basic 3 chord blues-ish music and songs that go on so fffffffffffking long.... As a whole the album was 43 minutes too long. 1/10 1 very dim star
Aggressive and anti-establishment. Hard hitting and very vocal
wowow ive been sleeping on patti smith thus whole time
One of the best debuts
The first 5 on my list! I loved this record!
How I never knew of this woman is shocking. This album is life being lived now. How she sings of things effected, is much insight and I feel it.
I mean she made Van Morrison punk and made it sound good. Patti rules. She was not only one of the first female punk voices but also just one of the first punks in general. She was known for speaking her mind, being loud, not taking shit, and of course her incredible writing. While researching the album I saw that she was a poet, which makes perfect sense. On the past few albums we listened to when you saw an 8+ minute song coming up you knew it was time for that one weird, experimental track on the album. With Patti, all of her long songs (Birdland, Horses) felt like beautiful vignettes where you wanted to catch every single word. The "Gloria" and "My Generation" covers are fantastic and really show off the raw energy, abandon and commitment she gives to her songs. My other standout was "Break It Up." Punk started as an inclusive genre for those going against the grain but I feel like it bred a lot of big, douchey male personalities talking about what is and isn't punk. Its great to see it's origins in a poetic woman making songs for herself.
This is brilliant. Start of the album absolutely bangs, then the end is wonderfully weird. Gloria is an awesome song
I've been following Patti Smith on instagram for a year but I've never actually listened to an album before. But I really liked this! The lyrics were really powerful and it just made me feel a lot of things. Either a high 4 or low 5.
Another I've owned for 25 years
AMAZING. Danced while walking the dog. Love the spoken poetry. Love the live versions. Totally special.
a classic, and for good reason... horses horses horses horses horses
she is perfect this is perfect i love you patti smith
Ich habe erst das erste Lied gehört und gebe schon 5 Sterne. Das war solo gut und sie ist eine Ikone. Bin mir sicher dass ich es mir nicht mehr anders überlege
I grew up on the music of many musicians who cite Patti Smith as one of their most important influences, but I never really listened to her music. This is great stuff, both in its cultural context (totally get how and why this was so groundbreaking when it was released in '75) and as music that stands the test of time. I have no idea if she's listened to by today's teens and twentysomethings, but I have a feeling if they were to hear this album, they'd like it (not in the fuddy-duddy "music was better back them" way -- I sincerely don't believe that -- but in terms of the music and lyrics connecting with them).
Her voice is so good
Pretty flawless this is. It feels like one of those albums I should have been listening to for ages and regret not experiencing in my teens (early 20s now). Patti Smith's vocals and energy is entertaining and a good listen. I particularly love how the two songs covered are part of melodies, it gives them a twist and a perfect example of how songs should be covered (i.e. make it your own). Was also pleased with the instrumentation with this and pleasantly suprised to find Tom Verlaine on Break It Up. Apart from the two melody tracks, my favourite tracks were Kimberly and Free Money.
Patti is giving me life today! This is an obvious 5. Iconic debut album. You love to see it: an amazingly talented badass woman at the helm of the punk movement. Fuck yeah!
Thoroughly enjoyed it throughout, not much more to say other than that
Whoa, where did THIS come from?! This was killer! The first track goes hard, and while not every song is as good as that one, it manages to keep up some pretty solid momentum throughout. Super good.
Nicht für jeden etwas, aber ich mags.
She did an exclusive Swedish gig on Lisebergs Big Scen 2014 and I regret so terribly that I did not go there 🙁
Poesía musicada de Patti Smith. Vinilo total.
Poesía musicada de Patti Smith. Vinilo total.
One of the things that impresses me the most about Horses is its highs and lows. This is an album that hits the peakiest peaks and rockiest bottoms. Songs rise and fall in shape, mood, volume, never ending where they start. Patti Smith enunciates (or doesn’t) as if she just needs to work this shit out for herself and doesn’t really care if you understand it. That means that, even if I can’t completely follow the through-line of the lyrics, every once in a while a phrase leaps out and keeps me curious, enthralled. (“Your soul was like a network of spittle…”) Of course I love Gloria and its opening line “Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine,” especially the second time when she is so quietly smug on “but not mine.” Birdland is an epic poem that starts with some nice piano and Smith’s sweet, almost girlish voice describing the funeral of a farmer and the son he left behind. “It was as if someone had spread butter on all the fine points of the stars, ‘cause when he looked up, they started to slip. Then he put his head in the crux of his arm and he started to drift.” And on the word “drift,” her voice slides into her more familiar growl, and we are beamed into space with the son, his farmer father, a raven, and some doo-wop. Incredible. Free Money starts again with delicate piano that is soon overtaken by relentless rhythm guitar and drums, ending in frenetic chaos. Kimberly is a 70s punk take on 60s girl groups, I think, and there’s something captivating about the refrain, “Little sister the sky is falling. I don’t mind. I don’t mind.” Like Birdland, the track Land is epic and made me all like, “Whoa!” There is so much here: “From the other ends of the hallway, a rhythm is generating.” “He pressed him against a lockah!” “He saw horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, do you know how to pony like bony maroney?” (Holy shit. WHAT???) “…sperm coffin…” “Can’t you show me nothin’ but surrender?” “Except for one who sees his possibilities. What he sees is possibilities. Seize us, possibilities.” And in the middle of all that is some great rock and roll piano which, as we may have already discussed, I am a sucker for. Finally, the cover of this album is itself a work of feminist art and I am deeply in love with it. Can I give it seventeen stars?
That was rockin’! I dug it! I thought it would be more noisy, for some reason, but it was great as it was.
Now that's what I'm talking about. An album that both changed music and kicked ass. Patti Smith, everyone!
Me ha gustado mucho
Amazing early punk. Like a female Bob Dylan with an edge.
The sheer greatness of the first track carries the rest of this thing when it occasionally gets a little too artsy for my tastes. Essential listening, IMO; even if you don’t love it, this is an important album.
I'll have cause to update this with a fuller (overwritten) review at a later date, so for now let's just say the apocalypse never sounded so good.
She brought rock to poetry
This is one of those albums that are so career defining and important, it should be heard by everyone. When I bought this album back in the early 80's or so, I have to admit I didn't take to it right away. It's an intense listen and it's not for everyone, but again it should be heard. It's a "game-changer" in so many ways and changed the way feminism and woman's issues were viewed by mainstream culture and music. Another defining moment in the 70's. Enough babble, have a listen!
She's the coolest girl I know 😍 So clever with lyrics and style, easy 5.
What a voice! Such an interesting album.
A classic for a reason, bolstered by two art-punk epics in birdland and land
The sound of music reminiscent of that I already know is pretty common. What's rare is for that feeling of recognition to be tilted at just the right angle. Horses hit me that way and at exactly the right time: I heard an obviously seminal punk album but also something country, something city, just enough obvious weirdness to draw the ear deep in. Deep into a very rough recording, but I didn't bounce out, and I'm glad of that.
it has been WAY too long since i listened to this basically perfect album
Great rock and roll. Great vocals. Great energy. A solid album with some odd little talks
Seems very ahead of its time (75!) and can hear later artists this album must have influenced
I enjoyed this album her voice would sometimes sound strange to me but i like the instruments
elegie top song liked the vocals, but the instrumentals were clashing and very of the time
Would’ve been 5 but it made me wet my pants
Better than I thought
GLORIA! Reminds me of high-energy French pop, kinda sick
good stuff, nice short listen and the extra tracks on that "deluxe version" are not bad either
I haven't really connected with Patti Smith, I think mostly because I don't know a lot of her story - I know that and her poetry have been a big thing for others [cough cough, Emily]. That said, I see why this is an album you need to listen to! I especially liked 'Free Money'. I couldn't take the time I wanted to more deeply focus on lyrics so I have to recognize that. But on a top level they felt powerful and I really got a kick out of the music - which felt of its era, yet transcending it. You also have to recognize the influence she had on musicians of her time and generations of punks afterwards deserves some serious respect. Adding this to a rotation so I can keep listening and thinking!
(Classic rock / Art rock) Great album with elements of punk rock & poetry and a unique vocal delivery. Birdland is a stand-out track, featuring distorted guitar that borders on noise rock. 8/10
Good album! I can really see why this is considered a groundbreaking album. I hear nirvana, sublime, the eagles and more in these songs. Favorite was “Free Money”, and only song I really didn’t like was “Birdland” sounded a bit like Courtney Barnett, and that’s a bad thing. Wanted to eat this a 3.75, so that means a 4!
It's definitely not my new favorite album but there are definitely some interesting things in it. I really what this sounded like to people in 1975 -- I suspect elements of it have become more common since then so it may have really stood out at the time.
Not the best music to concentrate to, but I enjoyed it. It has a special sort of intensity all its own. Reminded me a lot of Stevie Nicks and some of the wilder Fleetwood Mac songs. The My Generation live cover at the end was really shitty though.
Enjoyed Kimberly and Break it Up
Put off by "punk" links in many write-ups, but in fact far closer to Jim Morrison and the Doors. Not something I'd listen to frequently, but enjoyable all the same. Very accomplished debut.
Didn't know Patti Smith until today, not bad at all !
Very strong energy in this album; almost like a female Tom Petty vocal tone. Experimental areas, sounds like a PJ Harvey influence. Storytelling has some interesting wordplay as well. Free Money is a wonderful song 😍 A lot of energy switching throughout this album, but regardless; some really intoxicating rock tunes amongst the selection here. Definitely would listen to Free Money more.
Really enjoyed listening to this on a sunny day! Defo worth the hype :)
not my style
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Gloria, Free money, Horses
Fantastic album. Flowing and unique.
A very fun bit of art punk. Definitely a lot of power and passion behind the lyrics, and the band rips through like a tornado. Great if you like poetry and hard rock mixed, not as much if that’s not your thing.
Such raw emotion. I love her
I know why all my favorite punk singers sound like they do now. Patti Smith is yelping, yelling, and sometimes just speaking all over this record. It felt like listening to a beat poet with a backing band that knew three chords and four notes for leads. So raw and unpredictable, I was just taken by her style. I think I would've hated this record if she just sang it straight. Super cool, big no fucks given energy. Wasn't huge on when she switched up with the reggae Redongo Beach or jazzy, weird Birdland. Standout songs were Gloria, Free Money, and Land. 8/10 but I could easily see this becoming 9/10 if I kept listening to it
What a record.
she doesnt really sing about horses that much or my little pony :(((
En ocasions, sobretot a les extenses 'Birdland' i 'Land', està més a prop de la poesia recitada que de la cançó, però la banda que l'acompanya, la seva actitud i compromís amb el que diu, i cançons pròpiament dites com 'Break It Up', 'Free Money' o la versió de 'Gloria' fan del disc un d'aquelles obres magnes que apareixen molt de tant en tant. 4,5
I love her voice, lyrics and tracks. Slam dunks. No comment. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Gloria: In Excelsis Deo, Free Money
Awesome sound, great covers and live versions
With the exception of 'Gloria: In Excelsis Deo', each song felt (to me anyhow) like it was recorded right on the edge of creation and destruction. The underlying music ebbed and flowed with a casual fludity, while the lyrics and vocalizations alternated between settled and urgent. It felt intimate and meaningful and I'm left with a sense of loss for not having had the opportunity to appreciate the album it in it's context, in it's time.
Really good album, kept me engaged all the way
This album is rare. I like very much to listen to these pre-punk albums. Patti Smith is one of my favourites. Great album
I can see why she’s a legend
Can totally see why this is a classic. Feel a need a few more listens to truly appreciate it, but I’ve a feeling it will really grow on me.
A fine album with one great song and some other very good songs. Patti's poetry is evident throughout; raw, poignant, provocative. And it Rawks. 4 🌟
I was nervous going in, but this is a very good album
Generally pretty good, I liked it more than I expected. Would've liked it more if it wasn't for the slow, spoken parts. Not really sure how to rate this. It would be a high 3 or low 4, but I think I'm gonna be generous and give it a 4.
Nice, strange singing style
Patti Smith is crazy, but engaging. I hear a lot of her influence in Alanis Morissette.
Familiar with album. Love Redondo Beach and a few other tracks. Overall very good.
I think my favorite so far
A classic sounding album even though it is commonly labeled as punk. Gloria is a fantastic cover.
cool sound. 1975, reminds me a bit of a female jagger. Gloria is cool, Rock sound, Land: horses, etc great long song.
Well hot dang that was fun. The answer to the question: What if Jim Morrison was a woman?
She’s a badass. Pretty alt but she’s got power
I had a friend who love this album. As in, it changed her life. So at the time, I listened to it expecting to have a spiritual awakening but... it was just a decent rock album. It took me a while to get over the disappointment, but now, yeah, it's a really good rock album. It's thrilling when Patti goes off in the longer poetic parts, music that could have only come out of NY-effing-C. And of course, in the midst of it all are some decent hooks. An iconic classic.
4.0 + A spirited performance that flows loosely, guided along by Patti Smith's poetic musings.
Horses by Patti Smith (1975) Pope Francis invited Patti Smith to sing at the Vatican’s 2014 Christmas concert, where she performed a soulfully convincing rendition of “O Holy Night”. That might seem improbable for an artist who began her career by delivering the first line of the first track of her first album with the words “Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine”. However, hang in there. It gets good. Smith’s debut album “Horses” is in the genre of punk rock, but somehow I feel that punk is simply the ungilded cage from which the canary sang. Any other cage would have sufficed. She certainly doesn’t sound like what punk became. It may be that ‘punk’ is simply a term used for recorded music by artists who are determined to dispense with conventional notions of ordered beauty—adopting a minimalist, bratty, antiestablishment mindset. I don’t know. But to understand and appreciate Patti Smith (and especially this particular album), it is better to be familiar with Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Eliot, Dylan, Baraka, and Burroughs than to be conversant with Stooges, Ramones, Sex Pistols, and Clash. This is because “Horses” is not, primarily, music. It is poetry. One could appreciate the art here even if it were presented as simply the spoken word (although sometimes the word spoken has something to say about the mid 70s ‘wrong turn’ of rock ‘n roll). Take this quatrain and tell me if I’ve gotten off at the wrong stop: “It was as if someone had spread butter On all the fine points of the stars 'Cause when he looked up They started to slip.” Patti Smith as a poet presents feelings with vividness and authenticity, revealing an excellent mastery of metaphor, and cool command of word choice, cadence, and color. And in each of the nine compositions on this record she is in control of the movement from verse to verse, satisfying the hearer’s need for development, suspense, insight, and closure. Plus, of course, it doesn’t hurt for the poet/performer to have a good ear for euphony. Musically, most of these tracks begin with a compositional head fake toward jazz, then quickly settle in to decently performed rock strains (progressive, avant-garde), as the listener eagerly follows wherever Smith is leading. And despite the apparent (I would argue, ironic) blasphemy of the first line, there is vicarious atonement throughout. Somebody suffers for someone. It seems she is capable of a theological head fake as well. I could play this album all day. And think about it till next Tuesday. 4/5
Fiona Apple but faster. Some of the guitar work sounds like the Strokes.
Goodness me that VOICE
My album notes didn't save from yesterday, but it's a 4
Even though this isn't an album I'd pop on any day of the week, I think the raw power on display is worthy of 4 stars. Also didn't realize how influential this album is in rock history.
Great singer of the '70s.
Powerful rock anthems!
Listened to quite a few times before. Great early proto punk album.
Top album, zon prachtige stem en zo tijdloos
Any review of "Horses" must cover at least the following: - Patti Smith invented punk, new-wave, and probably poetry as well. - "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine" is bigger than Jesus. - And it's even more impressive because she's a woman as well, you know. Much of the above is overstated, but still rings true in a sense... so I won't bore you all with it again here. But it must be said that listening to "Horses" as part of a series of 1001 albums to hear before dying, it stands out as a masterstroke. It was 1975! The 1970s had only just settled in, prog was about to die off, and Smith is here channelling the wild abandon of punk, the cool detachment of new wave, and sheer poetic beauty of the avant-garde. "Gloria" is the album in a nutshell, the track everyone should hear as a bare minimum. The solemnity of its piano intro (and yes, that opening line), the slow build of the guitars and the moment where the beat shifts from lilting swing to a sudden, propulsive straight rhythm. Eventually, after Smith yelps and howls her way through the verses, there's the catharsis of the chorus, a transformed beast from the Them's 60s hit. It's a perfect introduction to an icon of rock. It's true that there is some indulgence in the two nine-minute tracks ("Birdland" and "Land"), but it's played so damn well. The vocals are astonishing throughout both of these long pieces, moving from plaintive and held back ("it was as if someone had spread butter on the stars they started to slip") to a frothy-mouthed frenzy of machine gun rhymes. The band move perfectly to support her, even without relying on drums in the stunning "Birdland": they allow a listener to get completely lost in the momentum, and match Smith's intensity expertly. In between the three epics, the other songs worthy of praise are "Kimberley", where Smith displays a much needed softer, commercial leaning side, and the frenetic "Free Money", with a glorious snare breakdown and a slow build almost as electrifying as "Gloria". For an artist praised as looking ahead and signalling a hundred new movements at once, Smith is still lovingly indebted to rock which has come before. The closing "Elegie", for Jimi Hendrix (and lifting a couple of his lyrics) is Smith at her most sincere. Elsewhere, she takes delight in bastardising tradition, shaping pop standards to keep up with her restless vision and rapid vocalisation. "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances" are two such examples, and delivered with such originality that could only be admired. Most of this commentary is what any review could tell you. "Horses" is universally loved as an alternative album and will still be thought of as such 100 years from now. Objectively, it is of course a 10/10: but I'm going to have to dock slightly based on some personal preference. "Break It Up" is a collaboration with Smith's sometime partner and fellow CBGB's star Tom Verlaine- other than his signature guitar and an impassioned vocal performance in the chorus, it's fairly unremarkable and possesses the album's most mediocre hook. "Redondo Beach" is lightweight reggae coming in between the incredibly intense high watermarks of "Gloria" and "Birdland": as a result it almost feels too insubstantial, not enough substance. It also hasn't particularly aged well and is the most in-step with the 1970s of all the songs here. Even though "Land" is generally phenomenal and one of the most intense, vivid flights of fancy through abuse, penknives, wordplay, escape, dance and horses, it loses a point for its jam session which is the exact same chords, tempo and rhythm as "Gloria". As a bottom line, though, maybe I still haven't caught up yet. Giving "Horses" a 4 doesn't change my mind on its classic status, and it shouldn't change yours.
It finally arrived on the lineup: An album that I acknowledge as genuinely good, but personally disliked. There's no good reason for me to dislike it, and I know that--but stylistically it's very far off from what I enjoy. This doesn't diminish the quality of the vocals, the songwriting, the melody lines, or anything else about it. It doesn't change the fact that this album deserves to be here. A little extra shout-out to my fave track, Gloria: In Excelsis Deo (the first one). Five-star quality here, but I'm docking a star because I didn't personally enjoy it. I know that's unfair, but life is unfair and that's just how it goes sometimes.
Turns out I know this album less well than I thought; only a few songs are actually all that familiar. But definitely liking it a lot. Even the weird pseudo-reggae of Redondo Beach worked for me, somewhat unexpectedly (what was it about 80s new wave and strange reggae?!) Birdland a bit tedious, I guess. Free Money is great though. Break it Up too. And Horses is obviously amazing. Like Elegie too.
It's a good album from one of the mistresses of psychedelic rock from the 70s. I respect her a lot.
This opens like its from the 70s. Redondo Beach is a fun forward feeling song. Birdland is a strange song choice for the third spot, but if a spoken work poem is more your speed then its fine. It has fun dynamics at least. Break It Up is a cool ballad. I'm on the fence on if I want to hear this one again.
Teksten die soms buiten het ritme van de muziek vallen: speciaal, maar op een of andere manier past het wel
What a vocal delivery! Such power and passion put into the words, with a unique blend of punk and improvisation. Felt like a concert throughout.
This music has grit! I liked it.
Over the years the critics rarely mention Patty Smith without mentioning this album in the same sentence, and especially her version of Gloria. I think her combination of (pre) punk and rambling poetry is a great one-two punch. There are brilliant tracks but some are a bit over the top for me, Birdland, for examples. I think her song-writing improved over subsequent albums, but this is a great debut and a milestone in the development of punk rock. The Robert Mapplethorpe photo is classic.
It’s nice to hear that most of the female and some of the male voices of the New Wave and post-punk movement took their vocal inflections from Patti Smith. Iconic.
The Punk Godmother, I got Gloria on a 12" with Hey Joe on the other side. She was electric then and when she teamed up with the Boss to write Because The Night...Wow. Horses is a great album and My Favourite track is her interpretation of Van Morrisons "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo" Rightly On the list
Patti Smith je legenda, također i ovaj album koji je u potpunosti producirao John Cale (The Velvet Underground). Dao bi 8,5-9/10.
Good album, would give it another listen. Found the music to be interesting
1975. Key Songs: Gloria: In Excelsis Deo, Free Money, Redondo Beach
It was fine. Some parts were enjoyable to listen to. Understandably innovative and pioneering.
I liked it but probably not enough for regular listens. I really like it when she gets into a story or a long-form song (like "Birdland"). Super unique voice. Somewhere between Siouxsie Sioux and Bob Dylan. Favorite tracks: "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo", "Land"
Anthems for horse girls but actually good
she is cool
Yeah I thought it was fine. nothing special though
I didn’t like the first 3 tracks at all but the I loved ‘free money’ and everything that came after. The second half of this album did not disappoint at all but in the first half I didn’t like her voice. My favorite tracks: free money, Kimberly, land: horses 6.9/10
Poetic, fleshed out songs Instrumentation often simple allows focus on key lyrics Few stand out hooks or melodies but songs still remain engaging due to stand out vocals Music incorporates rock and singer songwriter moments which keeps tracks sound varied from each other
Reminds me of early Punk. Must have been quite revolutionary for that time. Not easy to listen to while working...
Patti Smith... gotta do some research. This record was good, G-L-O-R-I-A gloooooriaaa— definite banger.
Kimberly is the best. I can see where grunge and other lady rock groups grew from. Very poetic. Early seeds of REM and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Best songs: Free Money Rambling over a chord loop Ok 5/10
Förstår hennes storhet. Rivig skiva, men i slutändan inte riktigt i min smak. Bäst: \"Gloria: In Excelsis Deo\"
Good. Nice version of my generation
I can understand why this is loved but not my thing
Some songs were really enjoyable, some not so much. There was one that went on forever and it was just brutal. Still, this was one that was notably absent from my knowledge base, so I'm glad I finally listened to it.
Yet another titan id heard of but not sure I’d ever heard. Her lyrics are so beautiful and descriptive. This album is so all encompassingly passionate.
I never wanted to listen to this album before, not really knowing anything about Patti Smith or wanting to find out about her. This was the first album selected for me and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Not really my style but I’m glad I finally got around to listen to it.
I'm not a music critic and these are kinda just notes i jotted down while listening. 1st track, Gloria, was really really good. 2nd Redondo beach is grading tbh. I'm not a fan. 3rd Birdland is my favorite song on this album. I absolutely love her lyrics that just go on and on. It stays on the edge of a climax for nearly the entire song. Very poetic Land reminds me of a similar style to the 3rd song. Elegie is good final track but I don't love it. This album was pretty good but not something I would normally listen to. Very very 70's sound, but one of the best examples of it. I know Patti Smith was kinda responsible for the New York punk scene with this album, which makes it very important. I liked it overall but I'm not sure how much I will come back to listen to it.
ponies alligator vending machine
love patti smith but i dont think it's her best
Album piacevole, energico, mi ha ricordato a tratti sonorità di altri grandi dello stesso periodo; alla stesso tempo però non possiede un carattere proprio che lo renda memorabile. La voce della Smith assume diverse sfumature e intenzioni in ciascuna canzone e a tratti sa essere anche dolce.
Kinda of meh
Honestly not bad, has that 70s vibe.
Pretty cool! Weird, interesting sound. Patti Smith has an awesome, iconic voice.
Semibängeri Patti Smith e ju ganska kova
I'm not generally in the mood to listen to this type of primal, 3-chord led, rock music. I understand its importance, but I just can't make myself listen to this album back to back.
It was not exactly very notable for me
Not really my style, didn't draw me in
No me atrae
Probably gotta have a few more listens before I can fully appreciate this. As is, I think she had some interesting musical and lyrical ideas but didn’t really deliver a knockout punch on either front, so it just ended up sounding awkward and a little anticlimactic.
Probably my favorite version of Gloria from anyone.
cool music and the lyrical concepts are really interesting. sometimes the vocal delivery is so obnoxious it made me want to turn it off, (especially in the early songs) which is a shame bc her voice itself is not bad.
Fine album, lost it in the background most of the time. Really enjoyed the run in the middle of Free Money before it really picks up and finishes strong
Bits to like
Kinda enjoyed it, no strong opinions on this one. My mum likes it
Really interesting sound, immediately impressed by how it sounds like a fusion of American early rock n roll, country music and early punk like The Undertones. 2nd track sounded like reggae influence. Also got BOB Dylan vibes. Really interesting, enjoyed it. 3/5
Really ahead of its time. Tons of sounds and concepts that are way more modern than 1975. Not really my jam overall but very interesting.
Her voice was annoying but had some great lyrics
Little slow for me.
It was ok, liked the first 2. Felt like i needed to pay attention to the words
Inte lyssnat så mycket på Patti, men det är något jag kunnat se mig själv tycka om. Mycket väl verkar det som att jag känner mig själv ganska väl. Det är något med den rispiga rösten som känns rätt, visst sticker den ut lite men det är inte på ett störande sätt utan mer något som gör resten mer intressant. Bäst: "Gloria: In Excelcis Deo"
I like the voice. Its very unexplainable, but its catchy.
really unique collection of sounds, especially for the genre and time period. Some fun songs to keep listening to.
Wasn’t a huge fan of the vocal style. There were some catchy songs I enjoyed like, free money.
Poesi til punk musik... På den måde jeg synes er lidt træls. Hvis jeg lyttede efter tekster tror jeg den ville være god
So so strange. In the best way.
At first - harder work than I’d hope from a classic album. Perhaps I’ve not the patience, as it’s sounding pedestrian (and perhaps even indulgent). As the record warms up, I begin to hear the artists who must owe Patti and incredible debt: Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, Kathleen Hanna. By the time “Free Money” is done I’m several shades more optimistic about the record.
Another album I am supposed to like but doesn't do much for me
Very good, loved her voice.
3/5 Creative, love the arty direction while keeping the only good thing from the punk-genre; the energy. Enjoyed it, though none of the songs specifically piqued my interest.
I thought I would dislike this album (not a big Smiths/Patti Smith fan) - but, overall, I enjoyed it. Smith's mumbly, squeeky, talk-singing gets old after a while, but it's definitely unique and (the good parts of it) clearly influenced some female vocalists of the 80s (Pet Benatar, Joan Jett, etc.) - so I'll give her credit there. It was the band that held this together for me. I really liked the music (even when I didn't like the vocals). Redondo Beach was the standout track for me.
Really looking forward to this. I don't know anything about her music. There is no way the "ay-ay-ay-ay-ay" in "Gloria" wasn't an influence for the vocals in Talking Heads's "Psycho Killer" a couple years later. Right? Anyway, I like Patti's vocal delivery. It's always braver for a female singer to not be "good." She did this really well. I mean, she's a good singer. But before her, "good" meant "angelic or soulful or both." She rewrote those rules. I also like the sound of this record. Like a band with mics in front of everything. That's all. Also appreciate the reggae elements happening here. I'd like to learn more about how reggae rhythms ended up in NYC punk music.
Worth to listen again!
An album loved by first year sixth form college lit students. I'm sure they think if they quote this or get a bad lyric tattoo that it would be something they cherish for ever. Bang on average. Best Tracks: Gloria: In Exclesis Dio; Free Money; Kimberly
I'm surprised I've never heard of her before, especially after reading how much influence she supposedly had on a lot of people. She influenced the punk rock scene with this debut which I can definitely see. She mixes the punk singing style with 70s rock and poetry which is alright. I enjoyed this album but it didn't really stick with me.
Damn, people really wanted to be Dylan
So much of this feels like an inside joke. Like you had to be there to get it. Either that or I'm just not stoned enough. Beyond that, great lyricist. Not a fan of the music though.
Interesting and diverse sounds, some of the vocals sound rather rough
7.5/10. Solid album. Definitely something I could turn on to chill or drive. I think I really liked Birdland.
Varied and interesting, really enjoyed listening to it in its entirety, not something I had done before. Top tracks: Gloria, Land: Horses
I didn't dislike it. I didn't know what to expect. It had hints of Stevie Nicks and maybe influenced The Motels. Birdland was way, way, way waaaaay too long. Didn't add.
Interesting - one of those albums I've known about for a long time, but never actually listened to from beginning to end.
It's hard to rate this one. I'm glad I heard it, because it's unique. I like the variation between tracks, the edginess, and the poetic lyrics. I especially liked the pretty piano contrasting the grungy sound. That said, the overall sound is not pleasing enough to put on repeat, but I might come back when I want a lady to yell musical poetry at me.
decent rock album
Patti Smith's distinctive voice works perfectly with some pretty haunting lyrical themes. I found the album an ok listen.
decent creative album, very unique
Its okay. I get the feeling this didn't age well, but it feels like the kind of album that would be acceptable to make brunch to. Giving it 2 stars feels and equating it to the flaming lips feels sort of harsh, so if 2.5 were an option that's where I'd go on this one. Might give the live version a listen
Bah, no me a encantado. Un poco igual y gritona sin ritmo.
very simple punk rock
A classy classic. And I really like the album cover
Unique. I like a lot of it but it's not sub-genre of punk I'm excited about. Probably should have listened to the lyrics harder
My go-to Patti Smith albums for enjoyable listening are Wave and Gone Again; Horses was new to me and I found it a harder listen. It's just so raw, so visceral. Which is true of the albums I know as well, and maybe it's just a result of being better acquainted with them idk, but Horses was a less melodic listen somehow. Ultimately, like others have said Patti is more edgy poet than musician, especially here, and some level of discomfort is perhaps the point. The standout tracks for me were Free Money and Birdland. I'll definitely listen to this one again.
One of those albums I felt so familiar with the existence of, it made me feel like I knew the album itself, but on listening realized I was slightly familiar with the first song and not at all with anything else. Honesty didn't care for it that much. The vocals are so absolutely the defiant "I'm not part of your system" arrogance of youth and I'm just too old for that shit anymore.
I can understand the influence this had and the songwriting is unique, but it was not pulling me in on first listen. Could definitely be a grower though.
Not bad not bad 6/10
3, was a nice listen
It's fine but not my favorite
da familia smith e tals
There are parts that are kind of cool, and parts that I hate. Birdland is a good example. Lyrics seem cool. I hate the singing parts - the style of barely forming words with your mouth and just making noises. I like the instrumental parts of Gloria, but I hate the way she spits out words like the worst kind of punk and/or grunge, especially in the first half of the song. This is also how I feel about the album in general: I like the instrumental parts and most lyrics, but I don't much like the vocal style. In the end, I feel like it's very close to something I would like. Parts of it remind of like...PJ Harvey or something (who can be extremely good).
Reminds me a bit of early Nick Cave, though I'm sure that's the wrong way around. Highlight: Kimberly.
leuk als achtergrond
3.5/5. Gets better every time I hear it.
I can see how this influenced a lot of music, but it just wasn’t listenable enough for me to come back to in the future
Not bad but for today's ears, the revolutionary and groundbreaking aspect of her music style has disappeared. A decent album without any real highlights
This is quite an audacious debut album and I think her rendition of Gloria surpasses Van Morrison’s in terms of passion and emotion.
Musta on hienoa, että Patti Smith on olemassa ja yleisesti tykkään kyllä sen musasta. Tässä levyssä ihan siistejä juttuja, ja ehkä tulevaisuudessa nousee arvosana mutta toistaiseksi 3/5
Uuujee tykkään kyllä! Hieno kokonaisuus joka antaa tilaa sille mitä on tulossa tämän levyn jälkeen! 3/5
proto prunk proetry
Can women rock? Yes they can.
This might be a fun live show, but as an album, it falls flat. Honestly, I wanted to hate this more than I actually did. Best track: Kimberly
It's alright 3
first song is kinda cool but overall far too artsy for me, i bet gen x loves it. nick cave type bullshit just with female singing. 2/5
Really wanted to like this but I'm on a more melodic wave right now
Almost fell asleep
dated, a snapshot of a time I suppose. But no fun for the ears, and not in a good way. hey, it's art, whatev
Meh. Assez discordant.
Too pop-ish for me
big Theater Kid vibes. i don't like this kind of stuff.
Ça cri un peu trop.
Another album I just couldn't get into. Some interesting instrumentals at times, but Patti Smith's vocals are just not to my taste.
Her voice sounds like someone doing a poor parody of a good singer.
Really not feeling this one…. Something about it just didn’t draw me in and it did not really care for any part of it
I didn't like the way she sang. Other parts were fine, but if I want an album to be over well before it is, it can be a high two at best.
Zaczynam podejrzewac, ze polowa albumikow na tej liscie to punki badz post punki, tak jest wlasnie w tym wypadku, tym razem prosto z hameryki w wykonaniu dosc zenskim, choc okladka daje jasno do zrozumienia, ze spiewane bedzie przez tomboja, ktory wyje na garazowa modle, gitarka prowadzaca rowniez jest w tym stylu utrzymana, nie slychac ze jest to album ktorego producentem byl Cale z undergroundowych velvetow, trak otwierajacy i zamykajacy to autorskie aranzacje znanych kawalkow gloria i my generation, o ile ten pierwszy ma na siebie ciekawy pomysl, to trak zamykajacy jest z nagrania live i niezbyt wyrozniajacy sie na tle innych coverow tego kawalka, reszta autorskich trakow to czesto recytacja poetyczna bardziej niz spiewy, ciekawa sprawa, ze spotifajowa wersja zawiera takze live wersje tego albumiku, ktory w moim odczuciu brzmi o wiele lepiej niz studyjna wersja, czuc tam energie i ducha punkerskiego, vynylowi tego brakuje, na plejke leci gloria in excelsis deo
Ruim, com uma ou outra musica ok
Iets te arty-farty voor mijn doen.
Vermoeiend plaatje. Wordt vast beter als je ‘m vaker luistert, maar daar heb ik geen zin in...
Liked it in patches but not really my cup of tea-can appreciate it musically etc but was samey in parts. Favourite song-Free Money
Lyrically this was a wild ride - definitely a bigger fan of her later work.
There were a couple decent ones on there but I don't really see what's so special
Honestly, I think this is over-rated. I get why it was ground-breaking at the time but for me it’s style over substance.
Ziemlich anstrengend aber nicht auf die interessante Art und Weise
Weint zu viel, wird nach dem 3. Lied nervig
Not my style but did appreciate poetic mix in the songs. It had its moments
Musicalmente es buen disco, pero la voz de Patti (y cómo canta) lo arruina para mí
Patti never was my thing
Not my favorite style of music, personally a pass
I like the instrumental and production, but I fuckin hate her rocker-stoner chick voice; it sounds like she's doing a characature and I can't take it seriously
2/5 - Nope.
I know that this is regarding as a classic, and I've now listened to the album 3 times in my life. I just can't get past the way she sings, throwing noise at a note but just not QUITE getting there. Sorry Patti, but my ears are just not compatible with your music, though I do like your band:-)
Cool, aber hat mir jetzt nicht richtig gefehlt…
I understand the importance of this album to the future of punk but it really does nothing for me
Minimalistisk punk rock, 70’er, ikke så tiltalende
Jeg mener, at hun har lavet bedre
Mjaah lidt ligeglad
Nothing to add, just didn't feel the music.
Nope. I had to fast forward through Birdland because it was so bad.
Weird, avant-garde proto-punk rock. I appreciate the songwriting, even if I'm not a big fan of the music. Favorite Track: Redondo Beach Relisten: No
Yeah that’s really not for me… just don’t get that!
109. Horses - Patti Smith 18 track. Nope. Not for me at all. Really didn't enjoy this. 2/5
Her sound is ahead of her time. Very original and a good deal of cool songs and sounds.
Who from our generation doesn't remember the building power of "Gloria". Raw and fun. That said, the rest of the album did not age well. Good; not great. She was great live. Saw my freshman year. Was in a line-up with Grateful Dead and some no-name down at UMass.
I tried to like this album. I listened to it three times. Every time I felt like there were places where it felt like the song was going to get good and hook me, but it never did. I waited half a day for a third listen thinking maybe it was my mood or what I was doing in the day or something and expecting that I might hear it with new ears… but alas. This just didn’t work for me.
I respect what she was doing at the time but not my vibe
The music is fun and energetic and maybe catchy but pattis voice sucks ass. Also in a somewhat bad mood when I listened to this
Some good punky elements at times, but it was both a bit scattered and kind of safe.
Alright, not sure I was a fan of her voice but some good rocking songs.
probably good but not for me
So she seems to go out of her way to make her voice as unpleasant as possible. I don't know why one would do that when your art form involves people listening to your voice. 'Free Money' was the only song that was kind of okay, though I didn't listen well to it since I was working. But it's what bumped this to a 2.
Meh, there were a few times where I thought things were getting better and then it just went back to feeling like spoken-word poetry.
Nothing really stood out about this. Other than it seemed like a lot of angst. Felt it got a bit too much by the end. Just a lot of unpleasant moaning
Fuck "Birdland". So long and aggressively annoying. The rest of the album was a mixed bag. Definitely one that's more important than it is enjoyable.
2/5 something was off
Not my kind of music.
I want to like this more but just felt it to be alright and nothing more. 5/10
Ei ihan mun tyyliä, vaikka hieno artisti onkin.
Good album, just not for me
I hope I’ll never have to hear this again
In de eerste nummers komt de compositie chaotisch op mij over. In het nummer Free Money wordt het al iets beter, maar nee dit album is niet aan mij besteed.
not my favorite, I couldn’t finish it. I liked “kimberly” though
So long. Boy its long. Just... a lot of music.
This was pretty awful.
Meh. Didn't do it for me.
stinks.over-rated. painful to listen to.
Really why tf do i have to listen all this shit before i die
not enough red wine in the world for that album
very basic album, was bored throughout the whole thing
horrifying. each time a new song came on I thought it couldn’t be worse than the last one but oh boy was I wrong this album was just combined of terrible screeching noises and a terrible voice honestly I had hopes that the last song could be a little bit of redemption but it was probably the worst one ever. maybe just not my type though
I'm sorry I just didn't get it. It's just screaming with discordant supposedly meaningful lyrics. I think her voice sounds atrocious.
PS seems to be trying to be part of the real talent of her time, Dylan, The Doors, Lou Reed, Joplin, etc. Doesn't have the magic that any of them have/had. The music sounds like it might be good, but just sounds like it. Sounds like a tight bar band, with no reason to hit the big time. Exception might be Birdland.
I don't get it
This is absolutely awful. Whiny, nasally, faux-deep...she has some much better stuff later on in her career. This is ass.
Couldn't take her voice. I know she is well recognized. But not for me.
Can't listen to this. Her vocal inflection kills EVERYTHING!
I'd rather listen to my grandpa shit in a can
Not really my thing
Great listen front to back, get's a little samey towards the end but pay attention even a little bit and you'll notice all the differences and distinctions, awesome front to back all the same
Enérgica. Rock sin estridencias