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Dave Navarro 

Trust No One (Capitol)

It's just coincidence that former Jane's Addiction bandmates Perry Farrell (whose debut comes out in July) and Dave Navarro are releasing their first solo albums within a month of each other. Both have had a rocky and productive time getting there. Navarro's past few years, since retiring as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist and taking part in a Jane's reunion tour, have been consumed by doing drugs, putting together his long-delayed album, and doing more drugs -- all of which is well-documented in a recent Rolling Stone article that's an excerpt from a forthcoming book about Navarro. And true to the fiery dichotomy of his original band, Navarro still reflects his bohemian and mainstream rocker within. Farrell can be a flighty media hog playing yesterday's rock and roll games, yet he makes Navarro and the generic, confessional rock songs on Trust No One sound like something from the Jurassic age.

The few times Navarro acknowledges that the early '90s are over, like on the Nine Inch Nailsish "Not for Nothing" (which even has the gall to use the word "starfucker" as its refrain), he cops someone else's riff. In fact, Trust No One plays a lot like ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters (their first album and Trust No One are both primarily performed by the artist, with little outside help). Besides the obvious sideman-does-his-own-thing parallel, Navarro, like Grohl on the Foos' most recent album, takes every modern rock cliché of the past seven years and distills them to their most apparent and conventional point. Which is as dull as the dirt the dinosaurs used to walk on.

More by Michael Gallucci

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