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Though the sudden embrace of the trappings of goth culture via Anne Rice was a bit odd, given Napolitano's long-standing fascination with both Catholic and Mexican imagery and the elements of sex and death prevalent in both it wasn't too strange. Her songwriting and singing focus remains much more roots-oriented, as the opening strut/stroll of "Bloodletting The Vampire Song" makes clear. Not that she and the band can't kick out the jams as well -- immediately following that is "The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden," a punk-speed thrash with deliciously decadent imagery to boot. The most well known song was "Joey," which actually got some top 40 airplay; while it has a certain ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Though the sudden embrace of the trappings of goth culture via Anne Rice was a bit odd, given Napolitano's long-standing fascination with both Catholic and Mexican imagery and the elements of sex and death prevalent in both it wasn't too strange. Her songwriting and singing focus remains much more roots-oriented, as the opening strut/stroll of "Bloodletting The Vampire Song" makes clear. Not that she and the band can't kick out the jams as well -- immediately following that is "The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden," a punk-speed thrash with deliciously decadent imagery to boot. The most well known song was "Joey," which actually got some top 40 airplay; while it has a certain catchiness to it, ultimately it comes off as a less successful Heart song from the same era, which is saying something. Far more successful is nearly everything else on the album, from the dark chime of "Caroline," addressing a departed friend, to the soothing "Lullabye," which far from being a mere kiddie tune is a great love song with some fantastic guitar from Mankey. R.E.M.'s Peter Buck adds mandolin to "Darkening of the Light," which adds to the song's mysterious, haunting edge, while "I Don't Need a Hero" is barely there, the softest of music accompanying Napolitano's lyric. Her singing throughout Bloodletting is passionate and catchy, with a deep throaty ache on many cuts. Everything wraps up with a version of Andy Prieboy's "Tomorrow, Wendy." Having done a duet with him on his own recording of the song, she takes full lead here, delivering a bravura performance of the bitter, heartbreaking lyric.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1990
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 022071303729
  • Catalog Number: 13037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Concrete Blonde Primary Artist
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass
Andy Prieboy Keyboards
Steve Wynn Vocals
Peter Buck Mandolin
John Keane Slide Guitar
James Mankey Bass, Guitar
Johnette Napolitano Bass, Vocals
Paul Thompson Drums
Technical Credits
Concrete Blonde Producer
Earle Mankey Engineer
James Mankey Engineer
Chris Tsangarides Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY ALL TIME FAVORITE CD!!!

    I recomend this cd to anyone. I listen to it everyday, I love the music and vocals on all songs, especially Tomarrow, Wendy., Joey, and Caroline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    this is a lost jewel in the music business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant, Passionate Music

    This album is one of my personal favorites. Every song drips with emotion, torture, and passion and Johnette shows why she is the best singer in the biz. It's amazing how sad yet beautiful songs such as Tomorrow, Wendy and Darkening of the Light are to me. Bloodletting is truly a wonderful listening experience. It's a sahme that more people are not into Concrete Blonde - you're really missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is the reviewer listening to the same Concrete Blonde I am?

    I can't believe the reviewer thinks this band sucks! Johnette Napolitano's voice is strong and mesmerizing. Maybe you have to appreciate good music to enjoy Concrete Blonde, but 'Joey' is definetely not an attempt at a rock ballad . This band has their own style and they deserve to be commended for that. Even their earlier work is good. I hope people don't just listen to one critic before deciding not to buy this CD, they will be missing out on an extremely great album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not popular does not mean not good!

    It seems Concrete Blonde is one of those great undiscovered bands. Reviews of 'the Blonde' are rarely very encouraging, but I think the lead singer's voice is addicting and the songs are good enough to want to listen to over and over again. I am a big fan of GOOD MUSIC and I enjoy all of Concrete Blondes work. I think if people liked 'Joey' and 'Caroline' which were played on the radio, they will like the rest of 'the Blonde' music. Give it a try! You won't regret it.

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