1. Venus Again
2. Never Come Down
3. After All
5. Misanthropic Man - (with Joan Osborne)
11. Because You Don't Love Me
Contributing artists: Clem Burke, Dennis Diken, James Mastro, Joan Osborne
Producer: James Mastro
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel: Debby Schwartz (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, Mellotron, ARP); Erik Della Penna (guitar, lap steel guitar); James Mastro (electric & slide guitars, ARP, organ, jug); Lorenza Ponce (violin); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Sasha Sumner (saxophone); Joe McGinty (piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Vox organ, clavinet); Claudine Troise (bass, Moog bass); Joe Arcidiacono (bass); Tom Kelley (drums, djembe, marimba, bells); Clem Burke, Dennis Diken (drums); Joan Osborne (background vocals).
Engineers: Don Sternecker, Gene Holder, Sal Mormando.
Recorded at Mix-o-Lydian Studio, Lafayette, New Jersey; Jolly Roger Studio, Hoboken, New Jersey; IIWII Studio, Weehawken, New Jersey.
In the late '80s and early '90s, Schwartz fronted the Aquanettas, sort of a garage-rock version of the Bangles. But she hasn't got soft like Susanna Hoffs on her solo debut. Quite the contrary, WRONGS OF PASSAGE is a shimmering, guitar-fueled rock album on which the trials, tribulations and accusations of a thirtysomething woman who's been burned by love but still believes in it are buttressed by some true musical grit. Schwartz has a piercing soprano voice--think of Alanis Morissette without the drama-queen pose. She prays for love in one song and cuts another woman down for even thinking about it in another.
In short, she's a complicated love fool. And she's got a complicated rock and roll mind, which takes in everything from country-rock to straightahead power-pop jangle to droning balladry to some beautifully ugly New York noise. Give some of the sonic credit to producer James Mastro, a one-time member of the Bongos, who shadows Schwartz throughout with his own manic, and sometimes haunting, guitar lines.