Heart - Fanatic

by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
When Heart first broke onto the scene in the mid-'70s with the hit singles "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man" from their Dreamboat Annie album they completely changed the rock radio paradigm. Here was a band with, thanks mostly to the vocal work of Ann Wilson, a completely fresh take on heavy and catchy rock and roll. As the group became known and started garnering articles in the rock press it didn't hurt either that Ann and her younger sister Nancy were blessed with pin-up girl good looks. Probably no one except the Wilsons imagined that they'd still be rockin' nearly 40-years later. It seems though that Heart has found some type of musical fountain of youth; Ann is now in her 60s but a listen to Fanatic makes it seem like hardly a day has passed since the release of Bebe Le Strange. In other words, this is not the phenomenally popular but softer, ballad-driven side of Heart; this is a good old ass kicking. The album starts with "Fanatic," a storm of slashing guitars and "Money for Nothing"-style keyboard where Ann's vocals quickly affirm that she hasn't lost a step; the quasi-political "Dear Old America" follows and includes, as is a Heart regularity, nods to the mighty Led Zeppelin. Sort of like how Keith Richards usually gets to sing one song on a Rolling Stones album, Nancy gets her vocal turn on "Walkin' Good," a smooth but rocking duet with Sarah McLachlan. "Skin and Bones" is a funky, bluesy strut, "Million Miles" uses gurgling keyboard to simulate the never-ending motion of life on the road while a cymbal-heavy rhythm emulates the journey's possible headaches, Ann's I-love-it-anyway vocal prevailing through it all. Possibly the best-written song on the album is the harmony laden "Pennsylvania;" the song never busts out into the rocker that the arrangement implies is coming and it is the inherent anticipation that makes the song so stunning. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" provides the album's only quiet interlude; the grunge-y "59 Crunch" and the slinky "Corduroy Road" close out Fanatic, a very strong effort that won't disappoint the Heart faithful.

CD (vinyl and digital versions also available)

Heart - Fanatic
Rating:

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Former Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Legends Of Rock Cruise- Rolling Stones Film Expanded For DVD and Blu-Ray- David Bowie ZiggyZag Statue Fan Initiative Fails- more

Scorpions Confirm American Tour With Megadeth- Slash Was Angry When Poison Didn't Hire Him- Muse, Blink 1982. Arcade Fire Lead Lollapalooza Lineup- Metallica- more

AC/DC With Axl Rose Concert Leads To Fine- Megadeth's Major Tour With Bigger Band Mystery Solved- Previously Unreleased Pink Floyd Recording Coming For RSD- more

Day in Pop:
Aerosmith, Chainsmokers, Keith Urban Lead NCAA March Madness Music Festival- Faith Hill And Tim McGraw Streaming New Song- Suge Knight Reportedly Hospitalized- more

Metal Band Cradle of Filth Slam Rapper Kanye West- Rick Ross Already Planning Next Album And Reveals Title- Justin Bieber Calls Out Fans For Acting Like 'Animals'- more/a>

Wyclef Jean Mistaken For An Armed Robber By Police- Nicki Minaj Breaks Aretha Franklin's Chart Record- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Announce First Song From New Album- more

advertisement


Reviews

On The Record: The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash

TBT: Down III Over the Under

Les Bohem - Moved to Duarte

In Tribute: Chuck Berry Live In Chicago

Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy

Emmet Cahill - Emmet Cahill's Ireland

American Dreamer - Restless Nights

Rock Reads: Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, Illinois, 1973-2005

Dan Webb - Oedipus The King

Root 66 Week: Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band - Standing on Faith

Derek Davis - Revolutionary Soul

Root 66 Week: Darin and Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther

Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest 2017

Root 66 Week: Chip Taylor - A Song I Can Live With

Zucchero - Black Cat

Mike Llerena - Absence & The Heart

Root 66: Charlie and the Regrets - Rivers in the Streets

Tony K's Best Films Of 2016 List

Chickn - Chickn

Avenged Sevenfold TBT

Miss Ohio - White Hot: The Best of Miss Ohio

Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions more

Rock News Stories
Former Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Legends Of Rock Cruise

Rolling Stones Film Expanded For DVD and Blu-Ray

David Bowie ZiggyZag Statue Fan Initiative Fails

The Def Leppard EP Getting Special Reissue

Allman Brothers Band Announce The Fox Box Set

The Doors' Robby Krieger Announces U.S. Solo Tour

2017 Warped Tour Lineup Announced

Kansas Add New North American Leg To Leftoverture Tour

Bob Dylan Explains Why He's Releasing 'Triplicate'

Prince Retains Most Extensive Record Ever Sold Honor

'Grateful Dead Movie' Returning to Theaters For One Night

Rocklahoma Festival Announces Daily Lineups

Metal Church Recruit Meshiaak To Support Euro Tour

Cro-Mags' John Joseph Announce Free Book Release Event

Blondie TV Concert Special Coming Next Month

Singled Out: Eclipse's Downfall of Eden

more

B-Side Stories
Aerosmith, Chainsmokers, Keith Urban Lead NCAA March Madness Music Festival

Faith Hill And Tim McGraw Streaming New Song 'Speak To A Girl'

Suge Knight Reportedly Hospitalized In Los Angeles

Zayn Malik Releases 'Still Got Time' Featuring PartyNextDoor

David Guetta Streams New Song Featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

Rick Ross May Have Identified DJ Khaled's 'They'

Kendrick Lamar Ignites Speculation With Online Move

Gorillaz Reveal Short Film To Announce New Album 'Humanz'

Migos Brawl Release 'What The Price' Music Video

Dave Chappelle Impersonates Drake In Comedy Special Preview

Iggy Azalea Streams New Single 'Mo Bounce'

Mike WiLL Made-It Streams New Track With Pharrell 'Aries (YuGo)'

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Stream 'Hope the High Road'

Adele Dedicates Song To London Terror Attack Victims

Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui In Bare With Me Photo Series

Singled Out: Teddy Edwards' My Name

more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.