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Heart

Fanatic

2012

 

NEW HEART

 

Tracklist:

01 – Fanatic
02 – Dear Old America
03 – Walkin’ Good (With Sarah McLachlan)
04 – Skins & Bones
05 – A Million Miles
06 – Pennsylvania
07 – Mashallah!
08 – Rock Deep (Vancouver)
09 – 59 Crunch
10 – Corduroy Road
11 – Beautiful Broken
12 – Two Silver Rings
13 – Zingara

 

 

From the heavy Zeppelinesque groove of title track ‘Fanatic’ you can see that the ladies still page homage at the altar of arguably the finest rock band of them all. 

 

 

After a fine return to form with 2010’s large stripped back ‘Red Velvet Car’ it’s great to see that ‘Fanatic’ is altogether a more bombastic affair.

 

 

The Zeppelin tendencies these days don’t end with the title track: from the almost ‘Wizard of Oz movie soundtrack strings’ to ‘Dear Old America’ your hopes are further elevated that this could be the album where Heart do actually achieve that Zeppelin homage they always promised to. Whether it be the huge drums or the very Page-like guitar that stabs throughout; or the mellow interlude of ‘Walkin’ Good’ you can see the influence that has always been there, these days is just more prominent: and that can only be a good thing. That is not to say that ‘Fanatic’ is merely homage to Zep though it’s very much a Heart album.

 

 

There are moments from the left field too: ‘Skin and Bones’ for example has the groove of Prince’s ‘Kiss’ and the spoken word ‘Two Silver Rings’ that recalls both The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.

 

 

Elsewhere it’s an album that delivers on almost every track: ‘A Million Miles’ allows Ann to deliver that trademark vocal that can cut right through you; while ‘Pennsylvania’ echoes the ballads the band made their mainstay in the seventies.

 

 

For me though the real standouts are the towering and majestic hard rock of ‘Marshallah!’ and the contrasting deep and smooth ballad that follows: ‘Rock deep (Vancouver) together with that wonderful opening trio.

 

 

It's amazing to see a band making consistently great music into their 5th decade!

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins