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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder -- but it can also give resentment a chance to build up into fury, as proven by this surprisingly fierce return from L.A.'s favorite goth-punk-metal power trio. Johnette Napolitano and company went their separate ways back in the early '90s after garnering a cult following (as well as one hit single, in the form of the steely "God Is a Bullet"), but Group Therapy shows no sign of pandering to that preexisting audience. It also shows little sign of mellowing, with screaming rockers like "Violent" rubbing up against unabashedly sexy heavy-breathers such as "Roxy." Napolitano, ever the woman of many guises, moves readily from ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder -- but it can also give resentment a chance to build up into fury, as proven by this surprisingly fierce return from L.A.'s favorite goth-punk-metal power trio. Johnette Napolitano and company went their separate ways back in the early '90s after garnering a cult following (as well as one hit single, in the form of the steely "God Is a Bullet"), but Group Therapy shows no sign of pandering to that preexisting audience. It also shows little sign of mellowing, with screaming rockers like "Violent" rubbing up against unabashedly sexy heavy-breathers such as "Roxy." Napolitano, ever the woman of many guises, moves readily from torch singer (on "True Part III") to a sort of south-of-the-border mujerthat knows all the right places to commit multiple deadly sins ("Your Llorona"). She's buoyed by the equally flexible guitar work of Jim Mankey, who easily moves from a whisper to a scream in the blink of an eye -- and spices up meat-and-potatoes riffing with some decidedly offbeat flavors. Crazy? Like a den of foxes.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
When Concrete Blonde broke up in 1995, they were burned out, strung out, and emotionally bent. Musically, they didn't have a spark left to light what once was, therefore Johnette Napolitano had to leave it all behind. Seven years later, she found her way back to those rollicking days and replenished the band that made her a critical success and a cult favorite. She hooked up with founding members Harry Rushakoff and Jim Mankey for Group Therapy and captured something sophisticated while keeping an emotional honesty in tact. Being a little older and far wiser also counts, and Concrete Blonde allows their appreciation to overflow -- no catchy pop hooks will seep through Mankey's tenacious guitar riffs or Napolitano's signature scratchy brood. Paying homage to Eno-era Roxy Music and the sounds that motivated Concrete Blonde to reunite, "Roxy" is glossy with Napolitano stripping her calloused demeanor for something lilting and charming. Such effervescence continues with country-tinged tracks like "True, Part III" and "Take Me Home"; however, it's the Mexican dreamscape of "Your Llorona" that brings Group Therapy almost full circle. There's a romance cast, but some of the more dark and throaty songs like the anxious scowls of "Valentine" and the nasty pace of "Violent" bridge Concrete Blonde's savvy swagger. They've done it again, but they've done it better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • UPC: 767004320120
  • Catalog Number: 43201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roxy (4:37)
  2. 2 Violent (6:46)
  3. 3 When I Was a Fool (4:51)
  4. 4 True, Pt. 3 (7:25)
  5. 5 Tonight (5:03)
  6. 6 Valentine (3:33)
  7. 7 Your Llorona (5:07)
  8. 8 Take Me Home (4:42)
  9. 9 Inside/Outside (6:10)
  10. 10 Fried (5:05)
  11. 11 Angel (7:49)
  12. 12 Memory (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Concrete Blonde Primary Artist
James Mankey Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Washboard, 12-string Guitar, spanish guitar
Johnette Napolitano Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Harry Rushakoff Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Concrete Blonde Producer
Earle Mankey Engineer
James Mankey Producer
Johnette Napolitano Producer
Harry Rushakoff Producer
Lisa Sutton Art Direction
Dave Schultz Mastering
The Brothers Robb Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not to sure what to think about tihis album

    This album may grow on me if I do purchase it,although it doesn't seem to suite the band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    uncommercial god send

    A beautiful album that is much more listenable than their others, some excellent song writing, magic, tender and yes its very therapeutic. Some songs really stand out 'Take me home' 'When I was a fool' but the rest of this is v good as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anything they do seems to be gold to my ears...

    I love every song on there. Roxy, Violent, and Take me home especially stand out. Their sound is as different as it is between any of their other albums... oh, and they were wonderful live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good that they are back...

    It good to hear new stuff from Concrete Blonde. All the songs have the ''Concrete Blonde'' style and sound. But only two songs stand out. Roxy is a good tune, but the one I have played time and time again is ''Take Me Home''. Johnette has such a unique and beautiful voice and fits much better in the Concrete Blonde style than the diviation she took with Pretty and Twisted. I hope that we will hear more from Concrete Blonde in the future

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