Seven The Hard Way

August 17, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 13, 2010
  • Release Date: August 13, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1985 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 37:20
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  • ASIN: B003XB9LTO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,745 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's one of my Favorites!!
G. Carter
Overall, "Seven the Hard Way" finds Pat & Co. able to put together a rather strong album under hectic circumstances, which resulted in some of their freshest material.
Neptunian Spirit
She had many moods on this album, and that what makes it sound so fresh and good.
ScottE

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neptunian Spirit on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 1985 record heradled Pat's continued commercial decline (marked by the "only platinum" sales of "Tropico"), but found Pat & Co. continuing to forge ahead as artists. After the slightly successful, but confusing (for some fans at least) "Tropico", Pat found herself in a corner of sorts. The label wanted another record immediately & she found herself wondering which direction to continue. It was clear that Pat was proud of her rock roots, but had enjoyed the art detour that the "Tropico" project offered.

So, "Seven the Hard Way" was hastily assembled. Infused with the arty experimentalism of "Tropico", but the rock fervor of her previous four albums, "Seven" had a very spontaneous, yet slightly throwaway quality. This isn't a bad thing. Some of Pat & Co.'s freshest material came from this album, look no further than the first three tracks.

"Sex As A Weapon", "Le Bel Age", & "Walking In the Underground" all possesed what some would call her trademark rock grit, but was still showcasing the tight focus of her arty material. These to me are some of Pat's best songs in my opinion.
The almost operatic quality of "Le Bel Age" to the underlying jazz smoulder of "Walking In the Underground" found Pat trying to find a middle ground, & doing it successfully.

The core of the record however finds the record's shortcoming's exposed. The three middle tracks tend to blend together, sounding like ideas or moreso polished jam sessions committed to tape, which gives the mid-section a bit of a sagging quality. Good ideas mind you, but ones that never really reach fruition. Pat recovers with the surprising uplifting soul infused "Run Between the Raindrops" which ranks as one of her most endearing ballads. Which moves me to my next point: Pat's voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Pat Benatar CD. She and Neil Geraldo her husband-guitarist-songwriter-producer are on top of their game.
The guitar work on this one is clearly amazing. If you like U2 Joshua Tree you will love the same type of sophisticated guitar delay repeat, tasteful beautiful melodic keyboards harmonizations/textures and most of all just great songs one after another. In the vocal dept Pat Benatar delivers passionate strong emotional performances song after song. This cd is what "Raised on Radio" is to Journey, underrated but clearly the best cd of the band.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jacobson on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Pat's mild mood of 1984 and her Tropico album was long gone by the time she released Seven The Hard Way in November of 1985. In between the two albums she had what would unfortunetly be her last top ten hit with "Invincible" from the film The Legend Of Billie Jean. When the new mother Pat wanted to take a bit of time off, Chrysalis called upon her old contract which stipulated she had to make a new album every 9 months or she would forfeit her profits until the new album was completed. Meaning the time she spent to herself, her residual checks from all her previous hits wouldn't go to her. Nice huh? So Pat, angry and forced to make another album headed to the studio with Neil. According to them, everyone involved hates this album but to me I think it's actually quite refreshing after Tropico. There's a new spirit to it all, if Pat was pissed off it only improved her vocals, beginning with the single "Sex As A Weapon" Pat found a song to give her interpretation of modern consumerism and it's reliance on the naked bodies and sex to sell products including her own record company, the critics and perhaps the public didn't buy it and just liked the titalation of it all. It was voted one of the worst singles of all time by some schlub whose only criteria for that was Pat's insistance that it meant more than what it seemed. I think it's one of her more overlooked singles, though I know the video was on MTV all the time and still appears on VH1 a lot. For a more obscure and overlooked single we go to the second track, the absolutely brilliant "Le Bel Age", a rock styled ballad with full on drums, major overdubs of Pat's voice and some great lyrics written by Robert Tepper - "There comes a time when we should see things clear/ free from the innocence/ there is no circumstance too severe...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren on October 18, 2003
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This is one of Benatar's most underrated albums. Having generated the commercially successful singles, Invincible and Sex as Weapon, it's criticized by some as being another commercial sellout. Listening to the rest of the tracks, it's clear that this album offers much more musically and lyrically than the 'poppy' radio friendly singles that were produced.
Other than the two commercially oriented singles, there is some great songwriting found in the collaboration between Myron Grombacher (Pat's long time drummer) and her guitarist-hubby, Neil Geraldo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on July 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
No doubt a dig at her disenchantment with Chrysalis Records who had been demanding she record an album every nine months, Pat Benatar's `Seven the Hard Way' also refers to the fact that this was her seventh album in six years (her fifth being the live album that included studio recordings of `Love is a Battlefield' and `Lipstick Lies'). And if, as the title indicates, frustration fuelled the recording, that is great thing because it is ten times the record its predecessor, the limp and under-written `Tropico', was.

The only thing that prevents `Seven the Hard Way' being the best recording of her career at that point is the two pop songs that start it off. Returning again to Billy Steinberg, who had written songs for all her studio records except her debut, `Sex As A Weapon' is infectious pop in total step with its times. And the second track, `Le Bel Age', also from corporate songwriters, is relatively fluffy as well. Both are the sort of songs that disappear after you have heard them like fairy floss. The rest of the album, though, including Holly Knight's `Invincible', is excellent edgy emotional rock.

The remaining songs are all written by two band members - guitarist/husband Neil Geraldo, who also produced it, and drummer Myron Grombacher. With its hysterically amped 80s rock production, Benatar sings as though she is making her way through a combat zone of explosive drum and synth effects, searing razor guitars, scorching brass and lyrics straight off an emotional battlefield. This is where Benatar's vocals are the best, not in the wafting MOR no-man's land of `Tropico'. She sings with passion and more than a little aggression. There is even a fantastic, bombastic cover of the Holland/Dozier/ Holland track, `Seven Rooms of Gloom', made famous by the Four Tops.
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