“With Crimes of Passion, Pat Benatar escaped the dreaded sophomore slump” (Theakston). “Thankfully, Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early ‘80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance” (Theakston).
The album’s success was due “in no small part to the song that would become the most well-known…of her career, Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (Theakston). However, the album was also aided by a couple minor singles and a few non-charting tracks as well.
This album really found its place at album rock radio, but Billboard magazine didn’t chart airplay on such stations until the album was more than six months old. In addition to the three pop singles, Hell Is for Children, a slow-building rocker about child abuse, and the ballad I’m Gonna Follow You became rock staples.
“The rest of the album is mildly hit or miss, with a few moments of filler” (Theakston). Most notable may be Benatar’s “version of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights is probably one of the most underrated songs of her entire catalog” (Theakston).