Bulletproof Heart

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Bulletproof Heart
Studio album by Grace Jones
Released October 13, 1989
Genre Dance-pop, freestyle
Length 72:07 (remastered CD reissue)
Label Capitol
Producer Grace Jones, Chris Stanley, C+C Music Factory, Jonathan Elias
Grace Jones chronology
Inside Story
(1986)
Bulletproof Heart
(1989)
The Ultimate
(1993)
Singles from Bulletproof Heart
  1. "Love on Top of Love"
    Released: October 6, 1989
  2. "Amado Mio"
    Released: April 13, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Bulletproof Heart is the ninth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1989. The album, co-produced by Jones' then-husband Chris Stanley, would be her last studio album for 19 years, until she released Hurricane in 2008.

Background[edit]

The album came after Jones' short break from recording music, during which she would again focus on acting, appearing in the all-star Straight to Hell and Mary Lambert's Siesta. On Bulletproof Heart Grace Jones would work with producer Chris Stanley, who at that time had become her first husband.[3] Stanley co-produced the album with her, co-wrote majority of songs and delivered guest vocals on "Don't Cry Freedom". A number of tracks were produced by Robert Clivillés and David Cole of C+C Music Factory, who would achieve a global success with a dance track "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" in 1990, and Jonathan Elias. Musically, Bulletproof Heart continued the commercial pop sound of the previous record, Inside Story, showcasing material heavily influenced by synthesizers, drums and electronic percussion. CD version of the album included two additional songs, which were absent on the vinyl pressing. A remastered, copy protected edition of the album was released in 2004 on EMI Records, and came with two more bonus tracks.

Bulletproof Heart met with unflattering reception, with critic Robert Christgau calling it "incongruous".[2] Commercial performance of the album was also poor: it reached only number 55 in Germany, failing to enter charts elsewhere, thus becoming the lowest-charting of all her studio albums and one of her least successful offerings. Although Grace Jones has always stayed musically active, Bulletproof Heart would be her last studio album for almost two decades. None of the 1990s comeback attempts materialized and her next album, Hurricane, was eventually released in 2008.

Singles[edit]

Only two singles were released from Bulletproof Heart. "Love on Top of Love" was chosen as the lead song and received numerous remixes. It met with limited success and reached only modest positions in Italy and the Netherlands. However, the 12" remix of the song, subtitled "Killer Kiss", was a big club hit in the US.

Jones' cover of "Amado Mio", a song from the classic 1946 film Gilda, was released as the final single in 1990. It also made little impact, still reaching top 40 in Italy, but placing at the bottom of German and UK charts.

Track listing[edit]

Notes: All songs were written by Grace Jones and Chris Stanley, except where noted. "Crack Attack" features rapper Freedom, and "Don't Cry Freedom" is a duet with Chris Stanley, although they're not credited as such in track listing on the album sleeve.

LP version[edit]

Side A

  1. "Driving Satisfaction" – 5:50
  2. "Kicked Around" – 5:37
  3. "Love on Top of Love" (David Cole, Grace Jones) – 6:10
  4. "Paper Plan" – 3:55
  5. "Crack Attack" – 5:20

Side B

  1. "Bulletproof Heart" – 4:19
  2. "On My Way" – 4:24
  3. "Seduction Surrender" (Jonathan Elias, Grace Jones, Chris Stanley, Alex Lasarenko) – 4:57
  4. "Someone to Love" – 4:47
  5. "Amado Mio" (Doris Fisher, Allen Roberts) – 5:20

CD version[edit]

  1. "Driving Satisfaction" – 5:57
  2. "Kicked Around" – 5:40
  3. "Love on Top of Love" (Cole, Jones) – 6:17
  4. "Paper Plan" – 3:57
  5. "Crack Attack" – 5:24
  6. "Bulletproof Heart" – 4:10
  7. "On My Way" – 4:25
  8. "Dream" – 3:26
  9. "Seduction Surrender" (Elias, Jones, Stanley, Lasarenko) – 4:59
  10. "Someone to Love" – 4:50
  11. "Don't Cry Freedom" (Stanley) – 4:16
  12. "Amado Mio" (Fisher, Roberts) – 5:20

Remastered CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Driving Satisfaction" – 5:50
  2. "Kicked Around" – 5:37
  3. "Love on Top of Love" (Cole, Jones) – 6:10
  4. "Paper Plan" – 3:55
  5. "Crack Attack" – 5:20
  6. "Bulletproof Heart" – 4:19
  7. "On My Way" – 4:24
  8. "Seduction Surrender" (Elias, Jones, Stanley, Lasarenko) – 4:57
  9. "Someone to Love" – 4:47
  10. "Amado Mio" (Fisher, Roberts) – 5:20
  11. "Dream" – 3:26
  12. "Don't Cry Freedom" (Stanley) – 4:16
  13. "Love on Top of Love-Killer Kiss" (Garage House Mix) (Cole, Jones) – 7:10
  14. "Amado Mio" (The Brazilian Mix) (Fisher, Roberts) – 6:25

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Germany[4][5] 55

Release history[edit]

Region Year Format(s) Label
Worldwide 1989 LP, CD, Cassette Capitol, Jugoton
Europe 2004 CD EMI

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulletproof Heart - Grace Jones". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: grace jones". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ Lisa Sewards (2008-11-07). "'It's hard being a freak!' Grace Jones has built a 30-year career on scaring the hell out of us. But, she says, she's really a big softie". www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Suche nach "grace jones"". www.charts.de (in German). Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Liedsuche" (in German). www.charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 

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