Such is the journey in rock and roll terms that the same Perry Farrell who founded Lollapalooza in 1991 is now exhibiting in Las Vegas an ‘entirely new medium for experiencing culture and adventure through immersive 360 omnichannel entertainment’.
The show is Kind Heaven’s visual manifestation, but it’s musical aspect is captured here on what effectively is Farrell’s first solo album in more than two decades. Taking fewer of the chances which were the keynotes to establishing both himself and Lollapalooza as pioneers of Gen-X America, veteran producer Tony Visconti is hired in to help, as are Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney, The Cars’ Elliot Easton and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins.
It’s an ensemble cast and fittingly a record with a side project feeling of looseness to it: Pirate Punk Politician includes more shots fired at you know who, but generally the grunge funk sound of JA is left unplundered.
Instead there’s a well observed set of chapters, from the sex jams of Machine Girl and Spend The Body, a slug of boogie woogie on (red, white and blue) Cheerfulness through to closer Let’s All Pray For This World’s glossy earth song kitsch. Ultimately Farrell’s larger than life persona just about carries the day, but Kind Heaven feels very much like a diversionary pitstop.
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