Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
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Pure and Simple

From its title to its tough core, Pure and Simple was a return to form for Joan Jett. Encouraged by a new generation of riot grrls who held her early work up as the inspirational lightning rod it was (including L7 and Bikini Kill, who contribute here), Jett shook off the doldrums and found her way back to the nails-for-breakfast, queen-bitch persona that she was really all about. Pure and Simple rocks with a gritty realism unmatched even by the punchy 1988 hit "I Hate Myself for Lovin' You," the arguable crest of her '80s win streak. If the one-two punch of "Go Home" and "Eye to Eye" makes you dizzy, then "Spinster" -- "Maybe I don't wanna f*ck you!" -- is the bout-ending haymaker. After its oil-stained opening salvo, "As I Am" is like Lesley Gore in a leather jacket. But its sentiment forms the bruised emotional heart of Pure and Simple, and the plaintive chords of the bridge are just perfect. Some of the album's later social consciousness is unnecessary (this is a Joan Jett, not Joan Osborne), but "You Got a Problem" is a late-record redeemer. And even when she's singing about the plight of the homeless, Jett sounds like she gargled with Mad Dog 20/20. Pure and Simple is essential for any hard rock fan, if only to support one of the genre's most fearsome competitors.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2008
Label: Friday Music
UPC: 0829421109228
catalogNumber: 1092

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts   Primary Artist
Joan Jett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kenny Aaronson   Group Member
Thommy Price   Group Member
Tony Bruno   Group Member

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Producer
Jeff Gold   Art Direction
Kat Bjelland   Contribution
Jennifer Finch   Contribution
Chuck Kentis   Contribution
Kenny Laguna   Composer,Producer,Management
Thom Panunzio   Producer,Engineer
Donita Sparks   Contribution
Ed Stasium   Producer
Jim Vallance   Producer,Contribution
John Aiosa   Engineer
Spencer Drate   Art Direction
Arno Hecht   Contribution
Jütka Salavetz   Art Direction
Bill Karren   Contribution
Joe Reagoso   Reissue Producer
Meryl Laguna   Art Direction,Management
Kathleen Hanna   Contribution
Mike Howe   Contribution
Rick Byrd   Contribution

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