Patti Smith's 1997 album has a beautiful insert booklet with black and white pics and handwritten notes, that serves primarily as a tribute to William Burroughs (1914 - 1997). There is a good rock sound throughout, but none of the songs really stand out like for example Gloria or Redondo Beach on Horses, Because The Night on Easter or Dead To The World and Ravens on Gone Again. The lyrics are up to her expected high standard, but I think the songs lack gripping melodies. Perhaps it's just a matter of taste, but to me Smith represents those impassioned, melodic anthems that transport the listener to the lofty realms of rock. The best track here is Memento Mori with its impressive instrumentation and its improvised lyrical meanderings. Much as I adore the inimitable Patricia, I cannot recommend Peace And Noise to the casual listener. So, this is not the place to start for those who wish to investigate the genius of Patti Smith; rather try Hoses, Easter, Wave, Radio Ethiopia or Gone Again to experience the best of her soaring, poetic songs.