Fireworks

CD Reviews

Heart - 'Fanatic' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/56/95/3f/2894_HeartFanatic_1351277325.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 26, 2012    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5499   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Daring and contemporary.

It's common knowledge that Heart's successful AOR period in the mid 80s was a direction forced upon them by their record company, and one that caused much unhappiness in the ranks. Unfortunately for them it's also the period where they sold the most records and most people's fond memories, especially in Europe, are of that time, making it harder for them to be accepted when going back to the folk-tinged classic rock that the Wilson sisters have always favoured. In recent years the excellent 'Jupiter's Darling' was greeted with some ambivalence and the most recent 'Red Velvet Car' was pretty much completely ignored, even by those of us brought up on 'Dreamboat Annie' and 'Dog & Butterfly'. Having lived with 'Fanatic' for a few weeks now, I can't see that trend changing.

A little more upbeat and more electric guitar driven than their last release, 'Fanatic' has a loose and down-tuned vibe that won’t sit well with fans of a more melodic bent. It’s actually a shame because Ann’s soaring voice and mastery of the unique vocal melody is sometimes undone by the discordant guitar riffs of Craig Bartock and Nancy Wilson, even though most of the songs are very well written. Again produced by Ben Mink, the raw guitar sounds are balanced out by a string section on quite a lot of the album, working well on the gritty title track and the Zeppelin-ish rockers ‘Mashallah’ and ’59 Crunch’, with Ann doing her best Robert Plant wail. Similarly the rootsy rocker ‘Dear Old America’ has a lazy riff and frequent string flourishes, even breaking into a fast instrumental section in the middle before returning to the original groove.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Elsewhere the acoustic-based Americana of ‘Walkin’ Good’ has Sarah McLachlan mixing with Ann and Nancy on some three-part harmonies that almost save the dull song, whilst the serene ‘Pennsylvania’ and ‘Rock Deep (Vancouver)’ are nice enough ballads in the style of very early Heart and the strings really do make a difference. After all I’ve said it’s perhaps odd that my favourite song ‘Million Miles’ has a techno thing going on with waves of loops and samples, whilst the deadly dull ‘Skin & Bones’ and laid-back ‘Corduroy Road’ make the filler tracks on ‘Jupiter’s Darling’ sound like classics.

That Heart have done something that's daring and contemporary is commendable, but it only works in part, and despite the fact that there are several songs I really like, it's only the sheer blandness of its predecessor that prevents 'Fanatic' from being my least favourite Heart record.

Phil Ashcroft

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  October 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 2 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site