- Released: April 24, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Sony
Q - p.1204 stars out of 5
-- "Smith's 12 choices aim high, bravely taking on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tears for Fears....Her most purely enjoyable album since 1978's EASTER."
The Wire - p.65
"Such is the power and grace that Patti Smith brings to her performance, arguably anything she turns her attention to is worth hearing....Simply, twelve is very much Smith's selection of favourite songs."
No Depression - p.84
"A surging 'Are You Experience?' illuminates lyrics Hendrix didn't live long enough to fully inhabit; the acoustic rendition of Neil Young's 'Helpless' is spare and vulnerable."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1183 stars out of 5
-- "[T]here is much languid beauty here, with Smith's ethereal singing floating over Lenny Kaye's crystalline guitar."
- 1.Are You Experienced?
- 2.Everybody Wants To Rule The World
- 4.Gimme Shelter
- 5.Within You Without You
- 6.White Rabbit
- 7.Changing Of The Guards
- 8.The Boy in the Bubble
- 9.Soul Kitchen
- 10.Smells Like Teen Spirit
- 11.Midnight Rider
- 12.Pastime Paradise
Personnel: Patti Smith (vocals, Clavinet); Tony Shanahan (vocals, keyboards, upright bass); Lenny Kaye (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jay Dee Daugherty (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Emery Dobyns.
Recording information: Effigy Studios, Ferndale, MI; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Loho Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Steven Sebring.
Ever since Patti Smith arrived on the New York scene in the mid-'70s, heralding the first flowering of punk, she's been all about confounding people's expectations. Over the years, the iconoclastic poet-turned-punk-icon moved from raging rock to contemplative balladry and back again without ever worrying about anyone's preconceptions. On the heels of her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame comes another sonic curve ball from Smith, an album full of classic-rock covers (among other things).
TWELVE finds Smith interpreting well-known tunes by artists who've seemingly influenced her (Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, Stones, Neil Young, et al.) as well as those she undoubtedly influenced (see the twangy, banjo-based cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"). Amidst some of the more radical reinventions accomplished here, one might wonder about the faithful reproduction of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule the World," but why should Smith cease trafficking in the unexpected now?