Marrying middle-of-the-road rhythms and almost Ry Cooder-style dreamlike guitar passages, with punk spit and Johnette Napolitano’s streetwise lyrics, Concrete Blonde’s self-titled debut album (1986) made for compulsive listening.
That very few people even know this album, is, in equal parts, criminal and exciting.
The 1990 follow-up album (Walking In London) was a daring departure in scope and sound.
The album was essentially Johnette Napolitano’s record (she wrote all but one of the album’s ten songs).
As a singer, Napolitano had a voice that embodied both the physicality and emotional intensity of a modern-day Janis Joplin.