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Heart's Heart was a soft-rock album released when many people had written the band off and given up on the group who never really matched the potential of their debut performance. That said, this went on to be their biggest seller with five mainstream top hits thus creating a whole new fan-base!
Nowadays, the band have become known simply for being one of the standard bearers of eighties power ballards, with songs like These Dreams getting played mostly at the end of the night at eighties retro-themed evenings, but in fact the band were much more than that and, though this in no way matches the brilliant debut, Dreamboat Annie, it does introduce a new style for the band and began a whole new era for the group!
Stand-out tracks include If Looks Could Kill which is one of the more agressive songs on the album and a version of which was used in Schwarzenegger's Raw Deal! What Abut Love meanwhile was originally recorded by another band, Toronto, who elected not to release it seeing it then pass onto Heart who made their version their own. This track stands out here for me as the one which originally saw the group's style change from their usual hard rock to the power ballards they would become better known for. It is still one of their better power ballards and worked, to my mind, much better than some of the later and more commercial efforts they would release!
The only other track here that I still really enjoy many years later, though it has aged a bit since its original release, is These Dreams; a song played to death on all Eightie's radio stations and now something of a retro power ballard classic in disco's up and down the land! The tone is quite a serious one, the song was inspired by a friend of the band who died from lukemia I believe, and is about the worlds we go to in our mind when we face times of trouble or increased stress! It is certainly one of the songs the band is most remembered for during their years at Capitol Records.
Unfortunately, this album has now aged a bit and feels a bit dated when you play it! Some things age gracefully...this alas, has not! Still it is good to hear it again but should probably only be purchased by proper die-hard fans unless you want to feel old or reminisce of former times! It is still a very strong album but I guess time catches up with all of us in the end and as good as this album was at the time, it has not lasted as well it might!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 If Looks Could Kill
2 What About Love
4 These Dreams
6 All Eyes
7 Nobody Home
8 Nothin' At All
9 What He Don't Know