Bloodletting - 20th Anniversary Edition (Remastered)
In the right era, Johnette Napolitano could have been a huge star. Her gutsy, gothic twists of phrase and her band's merciless attack made Concrete Blonde an important alternative rock band in the ‘80s and ‘90s. "Joey" is as close to a hit as the band ever came and its acoustic-backed mid-tempo had all the hallmarks of an even greater hit, but fate often runs its own course and CB were never able to capitalize and have had to settle for hardcore cult status. It lends a deeper creepiness to their material. The title track struts with a decadence that requires the proper shadows. "The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden" speeds up the passion and is even grittier and dirtier in its live bonus version here on this 20th-anniversary edition. Andy Prieboy's "Tomorrow Wendy" is given a most heartfelt treatment. "I Don't Need a Hero" uses the deep reverb popular in the era to make an even greater impact. This deluxe package even includes a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" that's more than just a curiosity.