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The adage goes that a band has its entire career to create its first album, and the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, never seemed able to top Dreamboat Annie, certainly one of rock's all-time strongest debut LPs. In fact, by the time they recorded this eponymous effort after switching labels, the industry had pretty much written them off as has-beens. Strangely, the 1985 release became one of the biggest hits of their career, scoring five hit songs. Of course, this was also where the band succumbed to outside tunesmiths and synthesizer-heavy MOR power ballads. Producer Ron Nevision even has Ann at times trying to emulate Madonna. Not a new direction but, frankly, a new band. --Bill Holdship
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  • Audio CD (August 7, 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven Menzer on January 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What The Cure was to new wave/punk, Heart was to rock n' roll. These songs overflowed with all the passion, excitement, romance and love that typical meat and potatoes, male rockstars of the era, felt too embarrassed to express. On this album, Heart is easy listening, hard rock, and progressive new wave pop, all at the same time. There's an excellent balance of guitar and synth with thrillingly uplifting moments and heart-melting ballads. The Wilson sister's vocals are lush throughout, but what really stands out are the songs themselves.
"If Looks Could Kill", is a solid dramatic rocker. "What About Love", is a dynamic ballad that features Grace Slick on backround vocals. Howard Leese lays a fine guitar solo. The last half minute pulsates double time with unbelievable excitement and conviction. You'll continue to hear the song in your head even after you turn off your stereo. "Never", is sexy and serious at the same time.
Written by Bernie Taupin, "These Dreams", has to be among the very best ballads of the 80's. This is Heart at its most romantic and seductive. It's medieval lyrical imagery gives it a timeless appeal. The song emblazons a gorgeous fantasy world upon your emotions. It's a better four minutes than any drug could ever give you.
"The Wolf", uses primal imagry to put down the unwanted advances of sleazy guys. It's guitar solo will floor you with a determined and indomitable hopefullness! "All Eyes", scores again with an alternately sexy seductiveness and lovestruck passion. "You don't have to say a word to get a hold of me/take me...shake me/Burning gravity baby/Look at me, look at me". What guy wouldn't love to hear those words from his girlfriend? And there's another triumphant guitar solo that's brimming with happiness.
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Some Heart fans like to pretend that 1985's self-titled Heart album never happened, but the band's makeover as a keyboard-heavy AOR act gave their career a much needed shot in the arm, as well as some much deserved attention. Between the hitmakers brought in to contribute on songwriting to the shiny 80's production job, the band's self-titled album was as good an AOR album as you could hope for, and featured some of the band's biggest hits.

Sure, the band "sold out" and the material on Heart is much more radio friendly than their early material, but we're not exactly talking Starship's "We Built This City" here. The tracks on Heart are well-crafted pop songs that are written to take full advantage of the Wilson sisters' considerable talents. I was blown away by the glorious, dramatic "What About Love" and "These Dreams," and the infectious "Never" and "Nothin' At All" two decades ago (God, has it really been that long?) and am just as impressed today.

I can see how old-school Heart fans could have a problem with this album, but this is the Heart I grew up with, so I'll always consider it a classic album.
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So most of what you see in the reviews here is true. This was their comeback album. It screams 80s. It's more commercial than Heart in the 70s. But this is also a good cd. Of the 10 songs on this cd, 6 were either hits or got airplay. That's no small wonder considering that it was carefully calculated to be a hit. Several outside songwriters were brought in to beef up chances of airplay and it worked. The album was also dressed in 80s synthesizer New Wave flourishes. The band even updated their sense of fashion and took a cue from the Cure. The went gothic (or Emo as its known nowadays) on the album cover. After all that, yes; it is a good cd. It is consistent the whole way through and the songs all sound like they belong together on the cd. It sold 5 million copies in the US alone and gave Heart a roaring comeback that has rarely been equaled in the music world. It's definitely not their overall best work but naysayers who scream "Sellout!" should give this another listen. They tend to forget that this band used to sound like Led Zeppelin lite and that that was the commercial sound of its time. This is one of their best efforts.

I rate Heart albums in this order from best to least:
LITTLE QUEEN
DREAMBOAT ANNIE
PRIVATE AUDITION
HEART
BEBE LE STRANGE
DOG AND BUTTERFLY
MAGAZINE
JUPITER'S DARLING
PASSIONWORKS
FANATIC

MASTERING: The sound on the original cd is godawful. It's tinny and sounds like it was compressed to death. This gold cd from MoFi does not correct this entirely but it does make a HUGE difference. Highs are still harsh but the low and midranges have been cleaned up and brought out considerably. Instrument separation is also improved although still not pristine. I imagine that compression was used on the original recording and that makes it very hard to correct these kinds of problems but rest assured that if you want to spend the extra money for the Gold CD you will not be disappointed.
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If there was a recording or type of music that represents the music of my life it would be mid-'80s Heart music. This music affected me more than any other recordings I ever bought. I have never listened to a recording so many times as I did this 1985 release after buying it.

It's a high-powered rock recording with power ballads mixed in. I saw a Heart arena stage show in Norfolk,VA in September of 1985 and may lightning strike me dead if I am not 101% honest in saying that I have never been so stunned, impressed, blown away, awestruck, mesmerized,or captivated by anything in life like I was by Ann Wilson's lightning bolt performance and stupendously glorified stage appearance along with Heart's incredible stage energy and unmatched professionalism in the live execution of this 1985 recording.

Every song on here is good. Too bad there isn't a DVD of Heart's 1985 music. Over twenty years ago this recording came out and I am still so profoundly affected by this recording & Heart's 1985 show. Ann & Nancy really struck gold recording these songs and their live `85 performance put me in a state of awe that I never felt before or after this show. I have never been thrilled like that by anything ever! Heart's 1985 recording is more than just music to me, it was an unforgettable life experience that's part of me forever. This CD is a memory picture of that experience.

Hopefully a Heart 1985 CD will come out that has bonus mid 1980s songs on it (like "Love Takes Over" which is on youtube as of 2011). I still have the cassette for this recording and can attest that this cd sounds like instruments are missing or severely faded especially on "If Looks Could Kill." Something isn't right with the process that put this recording on a cd.
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