"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.
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.135) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...Rock & roll poetry was a bore until this Jersey girl showed up..."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.110) - Ranked #44 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...A statement of faith in the transfigurative powers of rock & roll..."
Q (5/02 SE, p.141) - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums".
Q (11/96, p.154) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...the brittle rock and wide-eyed transcendental journeying of 1975's accepted classic HORSES has lost none of its thrill..."
Mojo (p.124) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[W]hat still stuns is Smith's reverie-like, stream-of-consciousness delivery."
Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
NME (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #31 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of All Time.
NME (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #8 among The Greatest Albums Of The '70s - "...the words were monumental--an exceptional tribute to creativity unhinged..."
NME (7/20/96, p.45) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Here is rock from the point of view of a gifted writer who has reinvented herself as an alien creature, reared on Jean Genet and Rimbaud..."
Melody Maker (7/13/96, p.50) - Bloody Essential
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