Review by All Music Guide
by Bruce Springsteen associate Jimmy Iovine, was Smith's most commercial-sounding
effort yet and, due to the inclusion of Springsteen's "Because the Night"
(with Smith's revised lyrics), a Top Ten hit, it became her biggest seller, staying
in the charts more than five months and getting into the Top 20 LPs. But Smith
hadn't so much sold out as she had learned to use her poetic gifts within an album
rock context. Certainly, a song that proclaimed, "Love is an angel disguised
as lust/Here in our bed until the morning comes," was pushing the limits
of pop radio, and on "Babelogue," Smith returned to her days of declaiming
poetry on New York's Lower East Side."
From New Yorker
"Smith was badly injured in a fall off a stage in Tampa
early in 1977 and spent most of the year recovering. The album marking her resurrection
was closer to a straight rock album than anything else she has made, and it was
her most commercially successful record."
Because The Night
N Roll Nigger
Privilege (Set Me Free)
(bonus track 1996)