The musician, artist, and writer Patti Smith has announced that she will be releasing a new album, Banga, in June 2012. This will be Smith’s eleventh studio album, marking her 37th year in the punk rock industry. Combining her multiple talents, Smith masterfully her own poetic lyrics with rock melodies.
Nicknamed the “Godmother of Punk,” Smith has blended the worlds of poetry and rock. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, and she also won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids in 2010.
In Banga, Smith imbues her songs with complex meaning, ranging from a rock song for those in Japan that suffered the earthquake to a ballad remembering Amy Winehouse. Accompanying her on the album are Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye. She also features Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli, her son Jackson, and her daughter Jesse Paris. With these collaborators, Smith manages to create an impressive album that speaks to human emotion of all kinds and form.
Tracklisting for Banga:
3. April Fool
4. This is the Girl
7. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop is Jupiter)
11. Constantine’s Dream
12. After the Gold Rush