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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000G2YD28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bleeding Heart Graffiti
2. Christmas Lights
3. Kiss Me Til It Bleeds
4. Suffragette
5. This Was The YEar
6. Don't Let Me Down
7. Pure
8. Watercolors
9. Superstar
10. Turn On Your Radio
11. When You Don't Want Me Anymore
12. Bones And A Name
13. The Time Comes
14. The Crickets Sound Like Sleigh Bells

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Nina Gordon is back. Six years after her debut solo album and eight years after her departure from Veruca Salt, the singer-songwriter with the emotionally intimate voice returns with Bleeding Heart Graffiti. A concept album about the beginning, middle and end of a relationship--being alone, finding yourself and becoming strong again--Bleeding Heart Graffiti was produced by Bob Rock [Veruca Salt's Eight Arms To Hold You, Gordon's solo debut Tonight And The Rest Of Your Life as well as Metallica, Bon Jovi, etc.]. Warmer and more organic than her first album--but still pop--Bleeding Heart Graffiti paints a new picture of Nina Gordon.

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Add ex-Veruca Salt co-leader Nina Gordon to a growing list of 90s female rock singers (think Liz Phair and Alanis Morissette) who have left behind the grit of their earlier work to emphasize a more accessible pop sound.  On her 2nd solo release Bleeding Heart Graffiti, producer Bob Rock polishes each song to a high-gloss, showcasing Gordon's lightweight but pleasant voice over lush backgrounds.  The lead-off single "Kiss Me Til It Bleeds" is a catchy meditation on the guy-you-can't-resist, but most of the album lingers in somber ballad territory without displaying the tension of pop contemporaries like Aimee Mann or Fiona Apple.  Nina Gordon sounds like she's having more fun on "Suffragette", where an infectious T-Rex groove and background vocals dead lifted from an 80s Prince record blend into a danceable concoction. --Ben Heege

Customer Reviews

The album title is well suited.
C. Tate
This album has wonderful production (Bob Rock), great musicians and profound lyrics, performed with the beauty and vibrancy that make you feel Gordon's inspiration.
John C. Bergeron
Unfortunately, I just couldn't find one single song that I liked, even after repeated listenings.
Michael

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Parkin on August 8, 2006
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Nina Gordon, a former member of Veruca Salt, delivers beautiful, substantive pop/rock music again with Bleeding Heart Graffiti. While a bit slower (especially at the end) than Tonight And The Rest Of My Life, Bleeding Heart Graffiti has the advantage of showcasing her voice more. It is a solemn CD, but Nina hasn't gone toothless on us, as "Suffragette" and pieces of other songs show. Nina's older now, and not as venomous as she was with Veruca Salt. But she never gets too whiny. If you did not like Tonight And The Rest Of My Life, you probably should skip this one. But if you liked that CD, Bleeding Heart Graffiti could be one of your favorites of 2006.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on August 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
...I love Nina's voice and songwriting so much, that I forgive her for it. As a matter of fact, the quality of the tunes here, the sequencing and concept feel (with the intro title "track", interlude of "This Was The Year", and outro of "The Crickets Sound Like Sleigh Bells" playing with the non-holiday "Christmas Lights"...ironic with Nina being Jewish and all), make the album more than just a series of songs, but an actual ALBUM made to be listened to in order from beginning to end. It seems that Nina put some effort into this area here. I should hope so, being it's taken 6 loooooooong years between Nina's wonderful solo debut "Tonight And The Rest Of My Life" and the new "Bleeding Heart Graffiti".

I also know this disc went through some kind of stylistic evolution, which could be reason for this delay. I know Stacy Jones, Nina's former bandmate and boyfriend from Veruca Salt as well as Letters To Cleo and now American HiFi, and producer of Towers Of London. When I spoke to him last, I asked about Nina and this record. He said she was working with Ethan Johns who worked with Ryan Adams and that this record was going to have an alt-country/Americana feel. I found that interesting and intriguing, and I kinda hear that influence in these new songs and how they turned out. I also know Nina is close to LTC's Kay Hanley, and that she kept her gear in Kay's garage, so there is Kay's influence as well. Plus, she's written some songs with one of my new fave female singer/songwriters, Courtney Jaye, who released an awesome, Nina-ish debut on Island. One of their collabs was "This Is The Day" on Coco's record, and another is the awesome single "Kiss Me 'Til It Bleeds" on Nina's "Bleeding Heart Graffiti".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Butler on August 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was worried that 'Bleeding Heart...' wouldn't be as interesting as her debut solo album, but after hearing 'Superstar', I discovered I had nothing to fear... it is the most haunting and moving song I've heard this year...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Warnick on August 9, 2006
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I think many of Nina's fans long for her to bring the rock again and manage the balancing act on her albums between loud and soft, distorted and crystal clear. Unfortunately this album doesn't offer as much balance as in the past. There's far more slow, straightforward pop songs and ballads here. "Suffragette" is perhaps the hardest rocking gem, but even that shows some restraint. The album starts off with "Bleeding Heart Graffiti" which is merely an intro that could have been the epic rock anthem we've all been waiting for...listening to it I was all smiles as I anticipated the huge guitars and crashing drums that would kick into the next verse and then...that never materialized, 30 secs and it switches to the next track...ugh!!! I knew at that moment this album wasn't going to be the rock album I wanted, but after listening to the next track "Christmas Lights" I knew I would love this album regardless, rock or not rock. What the album and these songs deliver is the purity of her voice. She has such a heavenly voice, it's so clear and amazing. All these songs are perfect little showcases for that. There's very little effects, distortion or production smoke and mirrors to distract or hide her voice...and that's a good thing...thanks to Bob Rock for that. I give the album 4 stars cus I know she can rock harder and that's what I want more of but I'll take this album any day and know that it will easily wind up on my Top Ten this year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boz on December 21, 2006
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If you expect this CD to be anything like Nina Gordon's exploits in the band Veruca Salt, you're going to be disappointed. However, if you come with no expectations, then you might be pleasantly surprised - this girl can sing.

The album starts off jerkily, with different vocal styles. You'd be forgiven in thinking that you're listening to Sheryl Crow for some of the opening tracks. Not a particularly good thing. However, by the time you get to track 7 or so, Nina Gordon gets into her stride and produces some catchy, melodic songs which showcase her voice (something that was hidden in Veruca Salt).

All in all, a recommended album. Definitely a grower.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scooter McGavin VINE VOICE on August 12, 2006
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Most people will know Nina Gordon by the nineties alternative band Veruca Salt. But much like the other female led alt-girl bands of the era (think The Breeders) I really didn't care for them and didn't mind that they went back into obscurity as quickly as they escaped it (although I did like Belly). But after leaving the band, Gordon drifted more into the silly named adult alternative genre and released one of my favorite songs of 2000 with Tonight and the Rest of My Life (coming in at number eighteen in my end of the year list) that feature a more mature artist that got rid of the bratty persona that her former band was named after (think Willy Wonka). But that was six years ago and now Gordon is back with her sophomore effort Bleeding Heart Graffiti.

It's easy to compare Nina Gordon to Liz Phair as both were indie-rock chicks who have morphed themselves into more of a pop/rock acts, but where Phair has started to come off as an older version of Avril Lavigne or a better singing Ashlee Simpson which means more catchy songs but tend to be disposable, Gordon has transitioned herself more gracefully as her music is accessible without losing any integrity like an Americanize version of Sarah McLachlan. Bleeding Heart Graffiti is an album in every sense of the word with the mood setting intro of the title track all the way to the short outro of The Crickets Sound like Sleigh Bells which really isn't a holiday song much like Christmas Lights early on the album.

There are plenty of stand out tracks here like the previously mention Christmas Lights that hits all the right notes and when she sings the line, "Tonight I'll sing out as loud as I can like a die hard fan for my favorite band, loud as I can," you want to be there stand right beside her.
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