Album Review: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts,”ChangeUp”

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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts released a new album, ChangeUp, that marked the first time the rock-n-roll Hall of Famer has ever released an acoustic unplugged album of her biggest hits and b-sides. We wrote a song-by-song breakdown of the best acoustic versions on the album, which you can read here.

If you haven’t checkout out this album yet, you can’t call yourself a real music fan without doing so. This album is damn near perfection and if it weren’t for her very basic album artwork cover which in our opinion doesn’t really reflect any physical changeups Joan has gone through, so we gave the artwork three stars for being basic. But not basic in a brilliant way. However, that is legitimately our only formal criticism of the album.

As I mentioned, Joan has been releasing music for nearly thirty years. She has never gotten vulnerable and stripped down to just her acoustic backed by a band who is equally stripped down. Releasing an entire twenty-six (26) song album of acoustic versions of her biggest hits and cult favorites is a big deal. We finally get to hear the lyrics and the vulnerability in Joan’s voice. This was definitely worth the wait and is a must-listen album of the summer.