Bleeding Heart Graffiti

Bleeding Heart Graffiti

by Nina GordonNina Gordon


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The first phrase that comes to mind when hearing this, the second album from onetime Veruca Salt member Nina Gordon, might be "Gee, we really aren't in Kansas anymore." Bleeding Heart Graffiti isn't a complete rejection of Gordon's past musical life -- it's not, for instance, nearly as radical a transformation as Liz Phair's -- but it does find her motoring down a considerably smoother path. Such scenery suits Gordon's honeyed voice mighty well, particularly the ethereal "Suffragette," which builds, slowly but surely, into a wall-of-sound pop juggernaut. While many of the tunes are sunnily spun, those structures can't hide the fact that Gordon's still got a knack for incisive lyric writing -- as borne out by "Turn On Your Radio," a sonic kiss-off with a surprisingly sweet aftertaste. There's a similar ambiance in "Bones and a Name," a twangy offering that flips off an ex while recounting daydreams of Ryan Adams. She's learned a thing or two about turning down the volume as well: Some of Bleeding Heart Graffiti's best tracks are stripped-down plaints that nod toward late-'70s California rock without outright cloning the sound. The best of those, "Pure," has an agreeably hazy vibe that's accentuated by spare piano/guitar backing that gives ample room for Gordon's emotive voice to bleed through.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2006
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624822721
catalogNumber: 48227
Rank: 83845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Gordon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Josh Freese   Drums
Wendy Melvoin   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Tom Morello   Guitar
Bob Rock   Guitar
Jeff Russo   Bass,Guitar
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Joey Waronker   Drums
Sean Nelson   Drums
Jamie Edwards   Guitar,Piano
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Peter Bradley Adams   Piano
Sean Nelson   Drums
Peter Adams   Piano

Technical Credits

Wendy Melvoin   Composer
Bob Rock   Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Russo   Composer,Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction,Cover Layout
Nina Gordon   Composer
Rob Rock   Producer
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer
Courtney Jaye   Composer
Rachel Salmon   Illustrations

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