Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"Heart" by Heart (1985)

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Filed Between: Isaac Hayes and the soundtrack from "Heavy Metal"

"I can't sell you what you don't want to buy."

Key Tracks Mega Hits:
If Looks Could Kill, What about Love, Never, These Dreams, Nothin' at All

Obvious Filler & Swings-and-Misses:
None, really.  Nobody Home is too long and kind of average, but that's about it.

My Overall Rating of the Tracks Separately:
HIGHLY Recommended (3.5/4 stars)

Heart has always had a very unique talent (aside from Ann's monster of a voice and Nancy's monster guitar playing) - they are experts at blending a hard rock mentality with top forty sensibilities.  On "Heart," they update their classic rock sound for the hair metal generation.  The results are outstanding.

Just look at the list of hits this LP produced.  Odds are, if you have ever been a fan of pop music, you like more than one of those songs.  What about Love can hold its own against pretty much any other power ballad.  If Looks Could Kill rocks, plain and simple.  Oh yeah, and there's also These Dreams.  And Never.  And... you get the idea.

And you can hear it in the sound.  That attitude is stitched throughout all of "Heart."  They were swinging for the fences with this one and it paid off.

So, is it an album?  Yes.  There is a clear agenda here.

Up next, we stay in the mid-eighties pop rock zone with "Centerfield" by John Fogerty.

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