Picks and Pans Review: Heart
If there's a slightly harsher edge to the 10-year-old Heart these days, it's understandable. The group's new producer, Ron Nevison, has worked with Led Zeppelin, The Who and Survivor in the past. But then Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart's founding mothers, have always been able to handle a schizoid range of pop music extremes, from raucous rock to gentle ballads. The ladies' supporting cast includes newest members Mark Andes on bass and Denny Carmassi on drums joining mainstay guitarist Howard Leese. But it is really Ann's singing—the quality is more notable on a temperate track such as What About Love than on the blasting If Looks Could Kill—and Nancy's lead guitar that give the group its distinctive flavor. The band also displays a rare sophistication even when it is approaching heavy metal decibel levels. On the group composition (with Sue Ennis) The Wolf, for instance, Ann sings, "You were born to privilege/Licking on a silver spoon/Think you gotta buy all your friends/Just so you can tear up the room," Heart is not just another case of turn up the amplifiers and let 'em rip; it is indeed music with you-know-what. (Capitol)
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