Website: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Inside Pulse:
She’s been around for over 25 years: Joan Jett, who we know loves rock ‘n’ roll and many wanted to touch her “there.” What’s changed over all this time? Musically, not a whole lot. She’s still rocking with a swaggering punk flavor and attitude. As such, Sinner isn’t a surprise to fans, although those who have lost track of her accomplishments over time can head back to Ms. Jett with old expectations fully intact. Politically charged at times and testing all sexual boundaries, Sinner still manages to keep things light and fun.
Positives: Joan Jett has always been at her best when tackling covers. The adorable “A.C.D.C.” by Sweet is the standout track. “Baby Blue” is an obvious ear-catcher, and “Fetish” feels like 100% badassery. The tastefully done “Riddles” follows time-honored punk tradition voicing concerns about the US government without becoming ridiculous.
Negatives: It’s all very, very basic. Sure, nobody’s hearing Jett as a Mariah Carey vocalist, but even the music has refused to progress beyond a scant few chords and simplistic lyrics. You want handclaps? They’re everywhere on Sinner to the point where it almost feels like you’re the butt of some terrible musical joke. While nobody was expecting Radiohead out of Joan Jett, the distinct lack of any risks or deviation from formula becomes tedious.
Cross-breed: Take Joan Jett, add the punk stylings found on The Offspring’s Ignition, add a touch of L7 attitude and a bucket of handclaps.
Reason To Buy: This album is unlikely to spread beyond a niche audience, but if any of the above has made you curious, you’ll find Sinner to be a perfectly acceptable offering.