|Studio album by|
|Released||October 19, 1993|
|Genre||Alternative rock, gothic rock|
|Label||IRS Records (later reissued by Capitol Records)|
|Producer||Concrete Blonde with Sean Freehill|
|Concrete Blonde chronology|
|Los Angeles Times|||
Mexican Moon takes the gothic rock of the previous albums and adds more of a hard rock edge to it. Johnette Napolitano provided the vocals, bass guitar, samples, and the album artwork. Paul Thompson played drums and James Mankey played guitar.
"Jenny I Read" details the rise to stardom and subsequent fall into happy obscurity of a fashion model (rumoured to be Bettie Page), while "Mexican Moon" finds Napolitano singing about a failed romance and fleeing into Mexico. The song "Jonestown" is a critique of the theology surrounding the Jonestown Massacre and opens with a minute-long sample of Jim Jones ranting about warfare. "End of the Line" is a Roxy Music song, written by Bryan Ferry and released on Siren.
On the closing track, "Bajo la Lune Mexicana," Napolitano (who does not speak Spanish) wrote the Spanish lyrics, which are a literal translation of the lyrics to the album's title track. However, none of the verbs are conjugated, noun gender is ignored, and correct grammar is non-existent; it doesn't detract from the overall translation from Spanish to English.
People wrote that "even in its quieter moments, Mexican Moon seethes with emotion." Trouser Press wrote: "Napolitano — who is still a mighty bad singer and doesn’t seem to know it — gives her headstrong, knicker-twisting all to the effort, and very nearly gets by on sheer gumption."
All songs written by Johnette Napolitano, except where noted.
|1.||"Jenny I Read"||5:20|
|3.||"Heal It Up"||4:21|
|5.||"Rain"||James Mankey, Napolitano, Murphy||3:28|
|6.||"I Call It Love"||Mankey, Napolitano||5:17|
|7.||"Jesus Forgive Me (For the Things I'm About To Say)"||5:17|
|8.||"When You Smile"||Steve Wynn||4:21|
|9.||"Close To Home"||3:32|
|10.||"One of a Kind"||Napolitano, Texacala Jones||3:55|
|11.||"End of the Line"||Bryan Ferry||4:41|
|12.||"(Love Is a) Blind Ambition"||6:15|
|13.||"Bajo la Lune Mexicana" ("Under the Mexican Moon")||5:07|
- Producers - Concrete Blonde with Sean Freehill
- Mastering - Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
- Mexican Moon at AllMusic
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