Picks and Pans Review: Good Music
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
A joint musical venture by the Blackhearts and the Beach Boys would have seemed about as likely a success as a movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Meryl Streep. Two tracks on this album, however, reflect that unlikely merger. Beach Boys Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine are part of the backup group on the title track. Jett's version of the old Beach Boy standby Fun, Fun, Fun is true to their school of music, too. Combining the Blackhearts' rhythm-dominated, wild-throated sound with the Boys' tightly controlled, melody/harmony-oriented pop rock produces a happy hybrid. (Fun, Fun, Fun, one of the most memorable of pop hits, features some amusing rough edges while managing to conjure up the surpassing image of Jett riding a surfboard, her ratty black hair flying in the wind.) The rest of the album is standard Jett, as might be surmised from such titles as Black Leather, Outlaw, This Means War and If Ya Want My Luv. There's a typical raucous energy to those tracks, though that kind of thing can sound abrasive in comparison with the more melodious Beach Boy-influenced tunes. (CBS)
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