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  • Summary: The latest solo release from the lead singer of the Ronettes features covers of 1960s British rock songs from such artists as the Animals, the Bee Gees, The Kinks, and the Rolling Stones.
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  1. 80
    Despite, or because of, its aptly era-appropriate brevity, English Heart is immaculate, and a lot better than it needs to be. Warm and beautiful.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 27, 2016
    The best songs are the ballads. [Jun 2016, p.79]
  3. Apr 19, 2016
    The new renditions have a more homemade appeal. The arrangements are simple to a fault. They let Ronnie’s voice shine through but do not do anything more than that.
  4. Apr 19, 2016
    English Heart is a great concept, and for the most part the execution works, but one can't help but wish it had been recorded in the '70s or '80s, when Ronnie's voice was strong enough to make the most of the material.
  5. Mojo
    Apr 27, 2016
    The Stones' I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls, written with her in mind in '65. best captures the 72-year-old. [Jun 2016, p.96]
  6. May 20, 2016
    Although multi-instrumentalist Scott Jacoby’s production reduces the wall of sound to a digital prism, the starker backdrops provide an unobtrusive frame for that towering voice which, while displaying some Marianne Faithfull-style gritty life experience, still sends vintage shivers on her respectful renditions of Sandie Shaw’s Girl Don’t Come, The Beatles’ I’ll Follow The Sun, Ray Davies’ Tired Of Waiting, Gerry Marsden’s Don’t let the Sun Catch You Crying and Lulu’s Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby).
  7. 50
    The lack of the Spector-ish sound, while understandable--Ronnie’s marriage to Phil was legendarily troubled--along with material that is far more powerful and enjoyable in its original form, makes this an experiment that fails on most levels, in particular from Scott Jacoby’s ill-fitting production and sonic approach.
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  1. Jun 25, 2021
    Ronnie Spector, The original bad girl of rock 'n' rol. Love you Ronnie!!! ❤️