October 03, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

Don’t let titles like ”Death Singing” fool you; Patti Smith has made peace with the ghosts that haunted 1996’s mournful Gone Again and recommitted to electricity for a triumphant album that’s of a piece with her ’70s masterworks. From the Beat manifesto ”Spell” (which sets an Allen Ginsberg poem to music) to the Radio Ethiopia-like war cry ”Memento Mori,” Smith’s at her wild-eyed, visionary best in Peace and Noise. B+

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