Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Up Your Alley (Blackheart/CBS Associated) ***
Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 11 August 1988
THOUGH COARSE stomps like 'Bad Reputation' and 'Cherry Bomb' have established Joan Jett as an eternal teen rebel who loves rock & roll for its simple beat and insolent stance, she has grown into a multidimensional songwriter. Like the masters she honors in her music, Jett has lasted long enough to contribute to rock history, paving the way for impenitent rockers like the Georgia Satellites and Joanna Dean. On Up Your Alley, her sixth album since leaving the Runaways, Jett tries to fill the gaps left by the inactivity of the Pretenders and the Rolling Stones, And she nearly succeeds.
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