Bloodletting [20th Anniversary Edition]

Bloodletting [20th Anniversary Edition]

by Concrete Blonde

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Anniversary Edition)

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663120868
catalogNumber: 12086
Rank: 6326

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   Composer,Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Earle Mankey   Engineer
James Mankey   Engineer
Johnette Napolitano   Composer
Chris Tsangarides   Producer
Derek Dressler   Reissue Producer
Janiss Garza   Liner Notes

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