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Joan Jett and The Blackhearts CD Sinner now available in stores or order your copy now at http://www.blackheart.com/
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Sinner Review June 2006
If you have any lingering doubts that Joan Jett and The Blackhearts latest release, " Sinner" is a winner you need only look back a few short years. In 2004 Jett released " Naked " as a Japanese Import and many including myself hailed the title track "Naked" as one of her best yet. "Naked" had her trademarks all over it, wicked guitar, soul-baring lyrics and a deliciously catchy rhythm and yet despite a remake that gives the track an even stronger base "Naked" has become a little more than a footnote behind the popular" A.C.D.C."
"A.C.D.C." is the exact same kind of cover that ignited Joan Jett's legendary career. Much like when she covered " I Love Rock N' Roll " in the early 80's Joan Jett was built to make " A.C.D.C." the smash hit it should become. It's fast and furious, richly humorous and overflowing both with razor-sharp hooks that the Blackhearts deliver with high energy enthusiasm. Exactly the type of song Jett devours and delivers with her trademark attitude, sound and style. The accompanying video, shot in NYC with Carmen Electra along with a once in lifetime opportunity for many long time Jett Fans to participate in only serves to further fuel this explosive song.
Sinner opens with "Riddles", an almost curious political track with deep lyrics as well as ending with a sound clip of George Bush that does take a few spins to get used to but quickly sets the tone for the rest of the album. But for me its "Change The World," that really caught my ear lyrically about the state our nation was in politically and morally, truly one of my favorites. "Turn it Around and Naked" are showcases for Dougie Needles talent on guitar and Thommy Price on drums. An excellent foundation for an album filled with potential hits.
The addition of "Tube Talkin', Five and Baby Blue" all collaborations contributed by Joan Jett and Kathleen Hannah are smile inducing, catchy tracks that only begins to prepare you for " Bad Time." Clearly one of the most personal tracks on the cd as well as having the distinct honor of owning the best guitar work, " Bad Time" could be that forgotten hit buried at the back of the album. But luckily, the additions of fan favorites like," Fetish and A 100 feet Away" will keep old and new fans rocking right through to those first notes of "Bad Time" when this ballad reaches out and grabs them.
"Sinner" is the perfect album for old and new fans and is destined to add yet another generation of Jettheads to what is already one of the most loyal fan bases in the world. Simply because Joan Jett remains true to her music and even when it takes a decade for her to share that music all in one package, its well worth the wait.
Reviewed June 2006 Copyright © GWGS The Cover Zone
Joan Jett and The Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame
Joan Jett has been a fixture in the music industry for more than two decades beginning her career with the all girl rock band," The Runaways" while still in her teens. Jett's solo career began in 1979 with the demise of The Runaways, where Jett had been chief songwriter and lead singer at the time. She had already produced one album for The Germs and was still working on her solo career when she met Kenny Laguna. They formed what turned out to be a career changing partnership for both of them. Jett had the talent and determination, Laguna knew the music business and is a performer/songwriter himself through common respect and loyalty they put those talents and resources into building what they thought was a successful music career....instead they built a legend.
Joan Jett rocks who can argue with that? Has she impacted the music industry? We can list her accomplishments that range from one of the first female independent record company owner to her successes tied to " I Love Rock N' Roll." We could remind you she broke many barriers in the music industry, is a huge influence on many young musicians from all sides of the industry. We could sit here and present you with the many Greatest Ever lists Jett and her music has been named on, including the Hall Of Fame's own list for songs that helped shape Rock N' Roll. Or we could simply point out Joan Jett has already accomplished far more than many artists ever dream to, and Joan Jett has shown no signs of slowing down. From solo artist and songwriter to Hollywood back to Broadway the resume just gets longer, while Blackheart Records remains under her control.
Can you think of a reason she doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Support Joan now!
This is about Joan Jett and her solo career which she built with her band called The Blackhearts. If you feel Joan Jett deserves to be in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame I urge you to contact The Hall of Fame FOUNDATION at the address below: They do not have an email address you must send them a letter. The Hall Of Fame does not handle the inductee process the foundation does. E-mailing the website will not help.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Attn: Suzan Evans
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame