Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
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Joan Jett’s second LP with the Blackhearts, Album continues the formula of I Love Rock ’N Roll: pop hooks bolstered by fist-pumping guitar and black leather attitude. On Album the Blackhearts sound like more of a band, and not just an amplifier for Jett’s sneering riffs. “Fake Friends” adopts a barroom swing to make the Faces proud, while “Coney Island Whitefish” is a deliciously venomous put-down of a bad date: “When I took you out your ugly, dirty mouth was like a sewer / All ya did was moan, so I left ya on your own I said screw ya.” By this point Jett had perfected her raspy yowl, and songs like “Handyman” and “I Love Playing With Fire” define her persona as the bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks. No one has been better at playing the kind of gum-chewing gal you want on your side when a fight breaks out in the school yard. As always, Jett chooses her covers well, squeezing every catty insult from the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star” and turning Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” into a punk rocker’s rallying call.
This brings back memories!
Wow I had the ALBUM of 'Album' back in 83! That makes me feel old! Anyway, I loved it then and it stands the test of time. I have looked for it at CD stores but have never seen it to buy- thanks I-Tunes :) To me the best songs are 'C.I.W' ,'The French Song' ,'Handyman', ; "Had Enough', 'Everyday People' , 'Tossin and Turnin', and 'Fake Friends'. This is Joan at her best.
Long live Joan
This album should have been huge .... probably Joans most consistent album. I lost my copy somehow and am thrilled to see it available again.
Everyone should own this ALBUM
Excellent songs. As powerful today as they were 25 years ago. If you love stripped down, gritty rock and roll, then you love Joan Jett. If you love Joan Jett, you MUST own this ALBUM.
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