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Not so slight

Compared with the limp rubbish Smith has produced since her return to the music business, Wave stands out as far from slight. It's weaker than the first three in purely rock terms, of course, but it has qualities that made it seem at the time an important departure for Smith and the group. In retrospect, it seems like the first step towards those later, much weaker albums that I have bought and never listen to. But there is still a lyricism about many of these songs that grants the album its place in the original Smith canon. 'So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star' still has that strength that made Smith the greatest rock artist of all time.


Born: 30 December 1946 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional, and challenging, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. If that hybrid remained distinctly uncommercial for much of her career, it wasn't a statement against accessibility so much as the simple fact that Smith followed her own muse wherever it took her -- from structured rock songs to free-form experimentalism,...
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