Fanatic - Heart
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    On Fanatic, the Wilsons prove they can not only not re-create a sound they trademarked in the '70s, but can revision it creatively for the 21st century.
  2. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    The Wilson sisters comes out swinging old-school style with a full-throttle title track that sets the tone for the bulk of their 14th studio album.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    67
    There are a few too many of these mellower numbers to make this a true return to form, but on its high points, Fanatic shows a remarkable energy from a band that could've just coasted into soft-rock oblivion.
  4. Oct 2, 2012
    60
    The Wilson sisters ride a late-game hot streak through Fanatic, still living up to their band name.
  5. Oct 2, 2012
    90
    Fanatic here reclaims folk music from the Mumblefords, teaches all rock bands how to actually rock, and continues Heart's legacy of being, quite frankly, one of the best bands we have ever had.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 22, 2014
    10
    Heart's last album, 2010's Red Velvet Car, sounded like a well done introspective from a hard rock band that was mellowing and getting readyHeart's last album, 2010's Red Velvet Car, sounded like a well done introspective from a hard rock band that was mellowing and getting ready to call it a day. Their new release, Fanatic, seems to be counteracting that idea by providing the band's hardest rocking set since 1980's Bebe Le Strange. Ann Wilson's voice is still a force of nature, sounding stronger and more alive than on Red Velvet Car. Musically the album is mostly hard, uptempo material with a few slow songs place along the way as palette cleansers. The tracks "Fanatic", "Dear Old America", "Million Miles", and "Mashalla" are loaded with sonic guitar work and fit alongside Heart's extensive catalog of hard rock classics. The Wilsons' folky side is still present however, and shines on the Nancy-sung "Walkin' Good" and the dark "Corduroy Road". All in all, Fanatic offers the deepest and hardest Heart material in 30 years while totally eschewing the hair metal sound that engulfed all those top selling albums in the 80s and 90s. Heart still offers it's share of metal chords, but with nary a hint of big hair, stilettos, or pop. Great work from the Wilsons. Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2012
    10
    Amazing.....the Led Zeppelin of the female world...Goddesses for sure. I have always based my vocals and musical creations after these fineAmazing.....the Led Zeppelin of the female world...Goddesses for sure. I have always based my vocals and musical creations after these fine ladies. If it wasn't for them....I might have ended up singing country or something god awful like that. Hail to Heart! Classy, talented ladies of pure rock and roll. Full Review »