Bulletproof Heart

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Bulletproof Heart
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Studio album by Grace Jones
Released October 13, 1989
Genre
Length 72:07 (remastered CD reissue)
Label Capitol
Producer
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 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 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 the 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 the 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. The 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 peaked at 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 Jones has always stayed musically active, Bulletproof Heart would be her last studio album for almost two decades. None of her 1990s comeback attempts materialised 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 single and received numerous remixes. It met with limited success and only reached modest positions in Italy and the Netherlands. However, the 12" remix of the song, subtitled "Killer Kiss", was a significant 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 the top 40 in Italy, but placing at the bottom of the 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]

All tracks written by Grace Jones and Chris Stanley, except where noted.

Front Seat
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Driving Satisfaction"   5:50
2. "Kicked Around"   5:37
3. "Love on Top of Love" David Cole, Jones 6:10
4. "Paper Plan"   3:55
5. "Crack Attack"   5:20
Back Seat
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Bulletproof Heart"   4:19
7. "On My Way"   4:24
8. "Seduction Surrender" Jonathan Elias, Alex Lasarenko, Jones, Stanley 4:57
9. "Someone to Love"   4:47
10. "Amado Mio" Doris Fisher, Allen Roberts 5:20

CD version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Driving Satisfaction"   5:57
2. "Kicked Around"   5:40
3. "Love on Top of Love" David 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 (Bonus Track)"   3:26
9. "Seduction Surrender" Jonathan Elias, Alex Lasarenko, Jones, Stanley 4:59
10. "Someone to Love"   4:50
11. "Don't Cry Freedom (Bonus Track)" (Duet with Chris Stanley) Stanley 4:16
12. "Amado Mio" Doris Fisher, Allen Roberts 5:20

Remastered CD reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Driving Satisfaction"   5:50
2. "Kicked Around"   5:37
3. "Love on Top of Love" David 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" Jonathan Elias, Alex Lasarenko, Jones, Stanley 4:57
9. "Someone to Love"   4:47
10. "Amado Mio" Doris Fisher, Allen Roberts 5:20
11. "Dream"   3:26
12. "Don't Cry Freedom" (Duet with Chris Stanley) Stanley 4:16
13. "Love on Top of Love–Killer Kiss (Garage House Mix)" Jones, Cole 7:10
14. "Amado Mio (The Brazilian Mix)" Doris Fisher, Allen Roberts 6:25

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 108
Germany (Media Control Charts)[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. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 13 September 2016". Imgur.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Grace Jones – Bulletproof Heart (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 

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