Heart - Stars
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. You'd be hard-pressed to ask much more from a record.
  2. Heart is an exceptional sophomore effort, bursting at the seams with pop content, but the prism through which it travels bends it, taints it and humanizes it in ways that are at once soul-clenching and unpretentious.
  3. 89
    Gorgeous. [#7, p.92]
  4. Heart is a valuable pop record for those of us whose cardiac muscle hasn't stained completely black.
  5. With its charming and imaginative love poems as lyrics, Heart is a true love album that hits all the warm and fuzzy spots directly.
  6. 80
    Campbell and Millan use boy-girl harmonies to make a mockery of romance. [Jan 2004, p.109]
  7. More New Order and Saint Etienne than Smiths, and with male and female vocals, the band comes across as an electro-pop Belle and Sebastian.
  8. It is utterly listenable and endlessly sweet.
  9. Like all pop music that treads so close to the overly-sappy line, the release stumbles only when it moves a little too close to adult contemporary. Fortunately, it only does that a couple of times.
  10. Fans of dream pop and chamber pop alike will find a lot to enjoy on this one.
  11. 70
    Glistening, radio-friendly fare. [May 2003, p.108]
  12. It all ends up sounding very expressive, in a blurry sort of way.
  13. More than a few songs... possess some of the kitschy cool of recent records by Ivy, Venus Hum, and Sixpence None The Richer, though they stick lower to the ground.
  14. While the orchestration and production are impeccable and finely crafted, it's not hard to pick out influences from the 1980s, ranging from brooding rock to pulsing synthetic pop.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Logan
    May 14, 2007
    9
    Another terrific album by one of the best all around bands in the music industry! Amy Millan probably has the most beautiful voice that I've ever heard... Torquil Campbell isn't so bad himself, he's pretty good too. Both of them are fantastic together. Even though, I think SYOF is better and more consistent. Heart on the other hand is almost a flawless work of art. The only reason it doesn't get a perfect 10 is because I think the song "The Vanishing" is there weakest effort to date, it's not a bad song. It just ruins the flow of the album abit. Besides that this album is fiiled with so many memorable gems and that's why you're going to fall in love with it. Full Review »
  2. Lucky
    May 12, 2007
    10
    A classic!
  3. PacoE
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    Beautiful. That pretty much sums up this amazing album.