I found it… after years of digging and searching through online record stores, sampling sites and everywhere i could think off, I finally managed to get my hands on it and it was worth the search and the wait.
I’ve mentioned Concrete Blonde a few times in this blog and more specifically their enigmatic and charismatic singer, Johnette Napolitano who I consider to be one of the truest artists from the last 20 years. Her voice, her lyrics, her attitude… gosh.. so sensitive yet strong… a fragile rose with the prickliest of thorns.
So, back when Concrete Blonde first disbanded, she was on a creative high and made a bunch of records with different people in bands named “Vowel Movement” and “Pretty & Twisted”. She also worked with the
Talking Heads. In the meantime, she recorded a solo album “The Sound of a Woman” that was never released. Recording Industry legend had it that a few tapes leaked before the company tanked and were floating around but i had never been able to find it or hear it before.. until yesterday… I finally got “Sound of a Woman” and it was worth the search.. pure Johnette in the way a like her… feisty! I can’t say i’ve enjoyed scrapbook I or II and I have yet to hear most of “Scarred” but this little gem of a record is worthwhile.
Sound of a Woman tracklisting:
1 – I’m Your Queen
2 – Sound of a Woman
3 – I Can Do Anything
4 – Deliver
5 – Something Fast
6 – Tados Los Santos
7 – Firefly
8 – Human
9 – Closer
10 – Sleep
11 – Lullabye for Fabiana
The lyrics are typical Johnette with passages like:
“I cry like a cloud and laugh like a clown”
” this is the sound of a woman that knows how to bow down and get back up again”
and it just goes on with her opening her soul in every song… it’s painfully beautiful..