Picks and Pans Review: Album
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Just in case anyone has been worrying that Jett might be lapsing into sentimentality, this album includes a tune called Had Enough ("of you"). There's a line on Handyman that says, "I love you and at the same time I hate you." And her Coney Island Whitefish features the paean, "You're a scum bag/ You're rotten to the core/ You're the biggest fool I've ever known." This is another exercise in black, iconoclastic antiheroics for the most part, since Jett's singing is, at times, reminiscent of a cat whose tail has just been stepped on. She and her band, which occasionally lets slip evidence that it is more musically sophisticated than it seems to be, get through a couple of old hits, Sly Stone's Everyday People and Malou Rene and Ritchie Adams' Tossin' and Turnin', in more or less professional fashion. But it is their raucous original tunes, frenetic and murky-sounding but not without a certain primitive élan, that make the band distinctive.
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