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Crimes of Passion from 1980 is a superb album of tuneful & catchy rock & pop, including dramatic ballads & uptempo heavy rock. Around this time, Pat was one of the top four female rockers along with Ellen Foley, Debbie Harry of Blondie and the leather-clad Joan Jett.

Pure rock with sparkling cascades of guitar is manifested in You Better Run, the pop ballad in Never Wanna Leave You and the serious side of rock in the disturbing, tempo shifting Hell Is For Children which deals with child abuse (..."hell is for children/and you should not pay for your love/with your bones and your flesh" ...).

My favorites include the rock ballad Hit Me with your Best Shot, the vibrant & rhythmic Little Paradise which should have been a huge hit, the rollicking Prisoner of Love and her interpretation of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights which is quite good - who else would have dared? It's got more of a rock punch in the choruses, with whining guitars & pounding drums.

Those who like melodic rock along the lines of Blondie, Joan Jett, The Cars and even The Knack will enjoy Crimes of Passion.
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on 29 July 2004
One of the things about a Pat Benatar album, you might know all about the hit singles like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Hell Is For Children" (a very ironic ordering of tracks to be sure), but what you always get are a couple of gems that are actually better songs. On "Crimes of Passion" that would be the Geraldo/Benatar composision "Never Wanna Leave You" and the cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heighs." Benatar is one of those artists who could put together an awesome disc of "B-Side" songs that never pop up on a greatest hits CD. She might have training in singing opera, but the lady can rock and roll big time. The irony of course was that Benatar does her big song about child abuse and no one really notices because it is a rock and roll song and then Susanne Vega gets all sort of notice for doing the same thing with her "folk" song "Luka."
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 May 2014
In the UK, Pat Benatar is best known for her top 20 hit 'Love Is A Battlefield', and a handful of other singles. 'Crimes Of Passion', her second album didn't light any bonfires in this country (despite only just missing the top spot in the US). Nevertheless, this is a quality uptempo pop/rock album which showcases her strong and versatile vocals. Pat is just as at home singing catchy rockers like 'Treat Me Right' and 'Prisoner Of Love', to bravely tackling the Kate Bush classic 'Wuthering Heights'.

The album first caught my eye after seeing that it included the radio and karaoke favourite 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' and 'Heights', two songs I've always enjoyed. I needed have worried that her version of the latter wouldn't hold up well compared to Kate's, Pat's cover might somewhat lack the emotion and surrealism of Kate Bush, but she definitely puts an interesting and different spin on it. I honestly can't say there is a song on here I dislike, but 'Hell Is For Children' is worthy of a special mention. This rocker sends out a very powerful message, with the lyrics basically explaining how children have to go through hell when they are living with abusive parents.

Despite never making the impact she should have done (in the UK at least), I'd still say that Pat Benatar is up there with the best of female rock vocalists. If you only buy one of her studio albums, I'd say that 'Crimes Of Passion' is the one to get.
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A superb album of tuneful uptempo poprock. My faves include Hit Me ..., the disturbing Hell Is For Children (..."hell is for children/and you should not pay for your love/with your bones and your flesh" ...), the vibrant Little Paradise which should have been a huge hit, her version of Wuthering Heights and the rollicking Prisoner Of Love. People who like Blondie, Joan Jett, The Cars, and even Bon Jovi will enjoy "Crimes Of Passion."
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on 11 March 2012
A saucey title for an excellent CD.
Pat Benatar has such a powerful vocal range, which this CDs audio quality has done well to capture.
A recommended buy for the CD collection.
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on 4 February 2013
This album is another replacement for my old vinyl colelction. Excellent sound quality, in fact probalby better than the original record!
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on 29 July 2011
Pat Benatar's second effort is a triumph of sorts. While she broke from the star power of Australian/ British producer Mike Chapman and his stable, she and her band managed to pull off a generally good approximation of what made her debut so great under his control. `Crimes of Passion' taps the general moodiness of 1979's `In the Heat of the Night' but reduces the sultriness of that record in favour of a more consistently energetic rock approach. She also swapped to Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, The Grateful Dead, The Babys) whose production was colder and less textured than Chapman's and generally more American in sensibility.

Apart from Benatar's powerful vocals, this album, far more than its predecessor, is a major showcase for the guitar talents of her partner, Neil Geraldo and the awesome drumming of Myron Grombacher. These three elements are the driving backbone of the record and make it an onslaught of sorts.

Further, this time round the band members step up to the song-writing table, contributing six out of the ten tracks. These are among the best songs of the set, and some, of her career. The obvious showstopper is the wrenching hard rocker, `Hell is for Children', a dramatic and heartfelt career highlight about the outrage of child abuse. Geraldo's `Little Paradise' is a superb wry and bitchy rocker that features caustic lines like `Life without your Masarati is a grounds for suicide' which Benatar fairly spits out as if the words were snake venom. The poppier closing `Out-A-Touch' contains similar sentiments and `Never Wanna Leave You' is moodier, dropping the aggression and featuring a great bridge.

Other tracks come from corporate songwriters like Billy Steinberg (who would be everywhere in the 80s, including on Benatar's records) with the excellent `I'm Gonna Follow You', reminiscent of `In the Heat of the Night' (from the fisrt album). There is also a rousing, spiteful cover of The Rascals' 1967 hit, `You Better Run'. Unfortunately this album is heavily let down by the trite and absolutely atrocious `Hit me With Your best Shot' and a truly misguided heavy rock cover of Kate Bush's `Wuthering Heights'. It is an interesting and risky idea, but Benatar's vocals and style are just completely unsuitable for the whimsical Kate Bush song.

Nevertheless, there are seven really strong tracks on this album, which makes it a very worthy successor to her debut. At the time, it was also a welcome slab from a female rocker. The 2006 remaster is very clear and fattens the sound slightly.
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on 17 June 2015
Bit lame I would say.
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on 13 May 2016
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