Rachel Sweet "Protect The Innocent" LP (1980)
Rachel Sweet "Protect The Innocent" LP (1980)
Rachel Sweet "Protect The Innocent" LP (1980)
Stiff Records

Rachel Sweet "Protect The Innocent" LP (1980)

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Details: "Protect the Innocent" is Rachel Sweet's second album containing tracks by Lou Reed and Graham Parker. The backing musicians are uncredited. Promo version. Gold-stamped on back, white Stiff Records labels.

Description: "Despite being part of the Stiff Records roster, Rachel Sweet didn't really have anything to do with punk or even new wave -- but then again, if more teenage pop music had been like Protect the Innocent in the late '70s, we might not have needed a new wave so badly. Rachel had a big, big voice and a refreshing degree of smarts about what to do with it, able to sing pop, rock & roll, and country-accented stuff with enthusiasm, taste, and gale-force impact, and she was never in better form than on Protect the InnocentMartin Rushent and Alan Winstanley's production is sharp, clear, and keeps Rachel's pipes upfront at all times, and the backing band (uncredited, but said to be Fingerprintz) sounds lean, spunky, and tuneful. And Rachel? Well, it's not every 18-year-old girl who can tackle Lou Reed's "New Age," Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House," and the Damned's "New Rose" all in a row and sound convincing on all three, but Ms. Sweet manages that hat trick, and sounds mighty fine on the album's other nine cuts as well. She also does well with her three originals on the album, especially the energetic pop-rocker "Tonight" and the slinky sneaking-your-boyfriend-into-the-house number "Tonight Ricky" (if Britney Spears had dared to sound half as sexy singing about high-school seduction, the FCC would never have let her on the air). Remember Mad Love, that album where Linda Rondstadt was trying to sound "new wave"? Listen to Protect the Innocent, and you'll hear Rachel do what Rondstadt was shooting for, and do it lots, lots better. Easily Rachel's best album." - Mark Deming, AllMusic

Grade: VG+ (Cover) / NM (Record)


A1. Tonight
A2. Jealous
A3. I've Got A Reason
A4. New Age (Lou Reed)
A5. Baby, Let's Play House
A6. New Rose


B1. Fool's Gold (Graham Parker)
B2. Take Good Care Of Me
B3. Spellbound
B4. Lover's Lane
B5. Foul Play
B6. Tonight Ricky