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Media Type: CD
Artist: CINDERELLA
Title: HEARTBREAK STATION
Street Release Date: 04/18/2006
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Genre: HEAVY METAL

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If any album set Cinderella apart from the legions of good-time pop metal bands that cluttered the rock landscape in the late '80s, this one was it. Giving full weight to the blues-inflected hard rock of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, they turned out what was probably their finest effort, with catchy songs like "The More Things Change" (the video featured appearances by personalities as diverse as Little Richard and Shelley Duvall) and "Shelter Me." While Tom Keifer's screeching, nails-on-blackboard voice doesn't appeal to all tastes, it doesn't overshadow the quality of the material or the band's overall performance. --Genevieve Williams
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Special Products
  • ASIN: B000001FZN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. Rausch on April 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not so long ago, rock bands made albums that contained musical muscle, healthy diversity, good lyrics, creativity, high emotional content, a big dose of asskicking, AND the ability to sell. It should be noted that such albums then got satired, forgotten, and essentially crapped on by the public just a few short years later.
"Heartbreak Station" fulfills the critera to count as such an album. This is the only album I ever bought used, as I never happened to catch Cinderella on the radio or MTV, and I just wanted to make sure I WOULD NOT like them and I wouldn't have to waste my time with their catalog (giving them a chance had much to due with my love for Bon Jovi). I put the cd on and even before the first chorus, I new this band would immediately jump into my "top 20" and I felt embarrassed for not knowing them earlier.
Today, the music industry has gotten so hollow, many albums only have a song or two that are even marketable, let alone musically viable. By sharp contrast, "Heartbreak Station" had (and still has!) the elements that were helping to make rock music taken more seriously as an art form. While maintaining all of the raw and gritty adrenalizing elements of soulful rock and roll, this album contains songs that speak the truth in a most musically motivating manner ("Shelter Me" and "Sick for the Cure"), a nod to funk ("Love's Got Me Doing Time"), a soft, tender title track that even my father of 60 years can verify as aesthetically pleasing, a short and simple nod to what really matters in life ("One for Rock And Roll"), a respectable answer to 'Blaze of Glory' ("Dead Man's Road"), and one of the most emotionally gutwrenching songs ever ("Winds of Change"). Oh, right, and heart-stomping kickass rock and roll ("The More Things Change" and "Make Your Own Way").
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Heartbreak Station, Cinderella's third studio album and ultimately their last record to achieve platinum success, is one of the forgotten gems in the 80's hard rock era. Long Cold Winter, for all its virtues, was marred by its pop-metal conventions. Heartbreak Station erases such principles. Filled with Rolling Stones / Aerosmith sensibilities and a fearlessness to deviated from the generic formula of hair metal, this genuinely great album showed that Cinderella had more genuine grit than their poodle-haired contemporaries.

Each track is strong, distinctive and never repeating themselves, a fatal error that plagued many hair metal albums. "Electric Love", "Love Gone Bad" and the sweet, boogie-rock of "Sick for the Cure" are swaggering rock n' roll that recalls the best of Aerosmith, when that band did not need power ballads or a Michael Bay movie to climb to the charts. "One For Rock N' Roll" is a simple, country-fused ditty about lacking worries and just playing rock n' roll. And "Shelter Me" is a riotous commentary on censorship (the accompanying video featuring Little Richard was comedy gold).

But the album's coup de graces remain the two songs that have the making of an instant classic: the title track, with its melodic acoustic guitars, honky piano flourishes and an beguiling 12-string guitar solo, and the opulent "Winds of Change" both have an emotional splendor boosted by Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones' majestic strings. The title track, in particular, is the true highlight, ranking with Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You", Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Skid Row's "I Remember You" as one of the era's greatest power ballads.
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Cinderella is one of my favorite Glam Metal bands for the reason that they always evolved, each album was different than the last, in some ways, this could be seen as a disappointment, but it is what, for me, makes them a unique band from the era. Had they continued to record on the path they did with this album, rather than kind of going backwards on "Still Climbing" in terms of musical progression, I think they possibly could have had more success in the future outside of the nostalgia circuit (not that there is anything wrong with that though); this was their musical and songwriting peak sadly, the only down side is that a few of the songs get a little repetetive (especially "The More Things Change" and "Shelter Me"), and "Dead Man's Road" very much sounds like a leftover Bon Jovi song (though not in a bad way), though that is not surprising since they were signed because of Bon Jovi, they share a lot of similarities, but are definitely very different.

As with all Cinderella albums, this is a grower, it takes a little time to get used to the sound, and the songs are mostly growers, only a couple have immediate hooks such as "Heartbreak Station", "Shelter Me", "Love's Got Me Doin' Time", and "The More Things Change". This album may not grab you immediately, but give it some time.

The album definitely takes a few creative leaps, and builds upon "Long Cold Winter's" blues and gospel leanings, this album takes those elements even further, especially the gospel aspect ("Shelter Me", "Sick for the Cure", and "Make Your Own Way"), and combines a lot of country elements, especially some fantastic slide guitar and steel guitar playing in many of the songs "The More things Change" and "One for Rock and Roll".
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