Crimes of Passion is a more rock-oriented album than In the Heat of the Night was. Not only does it have the mega-hit "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," which is one of the best songs in the Pat Benatar catalogue, it also has the somewhat confusing "Hell is for Children" (please tell me I'm not the only one who, based on the title alone, thought the song was anti-children rather than pro-children and anti-abuse).
Crimes of Passion really established what it is that Pat Benatar does. She's not quite a pop diva and not quite a rocker. She's somewhere between Madonna and Lita Ford, incorporating elements of both rock and pop into her music. It works well for her, especially when the songwriting is strong. Crimes of Passion has some of the best songs Pat Benatar has ever performed, so it makes for a nice listening experience.