Album Details

RELEASE
LABEL
Arista
GENRES
Pop/Rock, New York Punk, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

It isn't hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album, which anticipated the new wave by a year or so: the simple, crudely played rock & roll, featuring Lenny Kaye's rudimentary guitar work, the anarchic spirit of Smith's vocals, and the emotional and imaginative nature of her lyrics -- all prefigure the coming movement as it evolved on both sides of the Atlantic. Smith is a rock critic's dream, a poet as steeped in '60s garage rock as she is in French Symbolism; "Land" carries on from the Doors' "The End," marking her as a successor to Jim Morrison, while the borrowed choruses of "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances" are more in tune with the era of sampling than they were in the '70s. Producer John Cale respected Smith's primitivism in a way that later producers did not, and the loose, improvisatory song structures worked with her free verse to create something like a new spoken word/musical art form: Horses was a hybrid, the sound of a post-Beat poet, as she put it, "dancing around to the simple rock & roll song."
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Gloria: In Excelsis Deo/Gloria [Van Morrison Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/horses/id209671897?uo=5
  2. Redondo Beachhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/redondo-beach/id209671897?i=209671983&uo=5
  3. Birdlandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/birdland/id209671897?i=209672023&uo=5
  4. Free Moneyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/free-money/id209671897?i=209672065&uo=5
  5. Kimberlyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/kimberly/id209671897?i=209672157&uo=5
  6. Break It Uphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/break-it-up/id209671897?i=209672177&uo=5
  7. Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (De)http://itunes.apple.com/album/horses/id209671897?uo=5
  8. Elegiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/elegie/id209671897?i=209672355&uo=5
  9. My Generation [Live][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/my-generation/id209671897?i=209672368&uo=5
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