Patti Smith - Banga
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #77 / 945
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2012 Ratings: #185
June 5, 2012 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Every fiber of Banga is packed with meaning. 

90
Paste

Banga is a song cycle that expresses a synthesis of all of her strengths to form one of her strongest albums.

80
NME

Like murder ballads turned on their heads, she offers a message of hope in a world of turmoil.

80
No Ripcord
It is the album that all of her non-musical endeavors suggested she would make from the beginning.
80
Under The Radar

These 12 superb numbers find Smith coming to terms with love and loss-the inevitable deterioration of the corporeal over the course of time and distance.

71
Pitchfork

Though neither a high point nor a low point in her freewheeling, four-decade career, Banga has the same charm of Smith's best albums

70
Drowned in Sound

A bit of musical beauty, some interesting lyricism and a pinch of hippy bollocks - still distinctly Patti Smith.

70
Consequence of Sound

If anything, Banga shows Smith’s versatility beyond her typical hard rock métier. 

60
musicOMH

Much of Banga is dependably excellent and it is never anything less than competent. 

MinatoArisato
65
Banga is nothing all that new or special in Smith's discography but still carries the presence of her best works.

Best Track: Constantine's Dream
Worst Track: Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter)
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#25/Uncut
#46/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Amerigo 
  2. Fuji-san 
  3. April Fool 
  4. This is the Girl 
  5. Banga 
  6. Maria 
  7. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop is Jupiter) 
  8. Mosaic 
  9. Nine 
  10. Seneca 
  11. Constantine’s Dream 
  12. After the Gold Rush
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