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Mar 22, 2014Heart'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.… Expand
Oct 14, 2012Amazing.....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.