Patti & Co.'s first album of originals since 2004's Trampin', is a mix elegiac tributes, informative history and ecstatic invocations, spoken, chanted and sung to melodious rock 'n' roll. Any and every Patti Smith listener, devotee and aficionado will find what they are looking for here, and true believers will passionately embrace it. And, as always, we hope that this will be the first Patti Smith record for some, and that casual listeners will take this opportunity to step a little closer to music and pay that critical bit of extra attention that will allow them to reap disproportionately large rewards. Banga is a finely woven tapestry of rock history beautifully played. Surprising hints of The Beatles and Bowie and more (even a throw away Zeppelin quote) intertwine with Tom Verlaine licks and classic Patti Smith Group riffs and stylings, making for a great listening experience that just keeps getting better each time through. And it is, of course, what Patti is saying in the songs that takes everything to the next level. For our money, the next to last track, Constantine's Dream is as heavy as it gets and is well worth the price of admission all on its own. You won't find a song like this anywhere else. Patti Smith is the high priestess of Rock – as if there were ever any doubt. Then, exit to the dark lullaby of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush".