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Pure and Simple

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Joan Jett’s 1994 set Pure and Simple ranks among her best. Indeed, the ex-Runaway had learned years earlier to simultaneously embrace and mock her own sexuality, especially as it related to the male-dominated worlds of rock 'n' roll (and beyond). But as often as she’d been miscast as a tattooed pariah, she could still out-rock any man and do it with real heart. It’s all here, too: Jett’s power-chording is as muscular as her sentiments are powerful. “Activity Grrrl” is an aural face-melter about a quixotic girl who’s unable to accept life’s basic truisms. Coauthored by Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, the song razzes those who misinterpreted the Riot Grrrl manifesto that Hanna helped create and Jett embraced. The overdriven pop of “Eye to Eye” and “As I Am” focus on failed love and acceptance; “Go Home” is about overcoming demons; “Wonderin’” deals with isolation and features one of the best rock breakdowns on record. Longtime Jett running bud Kenny Laguna is here, along with a few name cowriters. There’s a lot to love on this.

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Could Be The Quentisential Jett Record

I'm a long time fan of Joan Jett's and am happy to see this release from her catalogue added to iTunes. Due to Warner Bros.' lack of ability to market this CD there's not a radio hit on it. However, any fan of tight, three chord rock will love this... especiall those who get Jett's groove. Spinster is an anthem for the ages, Eye To Eye shoulda been a hit on pop radio and You Got A Problem shows what has become of those punk roots Jett help define. Download this and I dare you not to love it.

One of the best albums ever made

And I'm not just saying it because I know Ms. Jett This is the album for Sammy J to ROCK OUT TO IN THE HEAVENS !!!

Amazing!

Joan Jett is incredible, everything she does is awesome, and this cd is amazing.

Pure and Simple, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1994

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