Bulletproof Heart

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Bulletproof Heart
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 1989
RecordedSoundtrack Studios
Quad Studios
Vision Sound Studios (New York City)
Music Mountain Studios (Jamaica)
Length
  • 58:25 (CD)
  • 72:07 (remastered CD)
LabelCapitol
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

Bulletproof Heart is the ninth studio album by Jamaican singer, songwriter and model Grace Jones, released on October 13, 1989. The album, co-produced by Chris Stanley, would be Jones' last studio album for 19 years, until the release of Hurricane in 2008.

Background, production and release[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. Stanley co-produced the album with her, co-wrote the majority of songs and delivered guest vocals on "Don't Cry Freedom". Three tracks were produced/co-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. 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. A remastered, copy protected edition of the album was released in 2004 on EMI Records, and came with two more bonus tracks.

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 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Bulletproof Heart met with unflattering reception in both critical and commercial performance. In his review music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the songs "proclaim her vulnerability and/or softness of orifice" and according to him the result is "incongruous".[2] AllMusic gave the album two out of five stars. The commercial performance of the album was also poor: it peaked at number 55 in Germany, and number 108 in Australia, but failed to enter charts elsewhere, thus becoming the lowest-charting of all her studio albums and one of her least successful offerings.

Track listing[edit]

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

LP version - Front Seat (Side A)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Driving Satisfaction" 5:50
2."Kicked Around" 5:37
3."Love on Top of Love"6:10
4."Paper Plan" 3:55
5."Crack Attack" (featuring Freedom) 5:20
LP version - Back Seat (Side B)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Bulletproof Heart" 4:19
7."On My Way" 4:24
8."Seduction Surrender"
4:57
9."Someone to Love" 4:47
10."Amado Mio"
5:20
CD version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Dream" 3:26
9."Seduction Surrender"
  • Elias
  • Lasarenko
  • Jones
  • Stanley
4:59
10."Someone to Love" 4:50
11."Don't Cry Freedom" (with Chris Stanley)Stanley4:16
12."Amado Mio"
  • Fisher
  • Roberts
5:20
2004 remastered CD reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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

Notes

  • The remastered 2004 CD reissue of Bulletproof Heart has the same track order as the original 1989 LP release of the album, with "Dream" and "Don't Cry Freedom" appearing as tracks 11 and 12 respectively.
  • Freedom is not credited as a feature on the album's tracklist.

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. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 378–379.
  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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