"I'd think, 'I can't do this anymore' -- but the more I just let go, things started pouring out."

"It came in fits and starts," Joan Jett says of her eleventh solo album. "I'd think, 'I can't do this anymore' -- but the more I just let go, things started pouring out." There's certainly a sense of catharsis to "Unvarnished," Jett's first album in seven years, and her first set of original songs in more than a decade. Though it retains the classic guitar crunch that's made Jett an iconic presence since "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, it's also the most autobiographical and political record of her career.

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