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The Wild Heart

April 21, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 18, 1983
  • Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 45:07
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  • ASIN: B0026S96YK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,465 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By A Customer on February 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I would really give this album 4 1/2 stars...
The Wild Heart was Stevie Nicks' follow up to her platinum selling debut, Bella Donna, and proved that this woman did not need Fleetwood Mac to be successful. Many have said that Bella Donna was Stevie's greatest work, but after listening to this album, I'm not so sure. While Bella Donna was moody and dramatic, The Wild Heart has more rockin' songs and also some of Stevie's best vocals ever. Another point that many have brought up is that Wild Heart is a Bella Donna part 2. I have to disagree with these people. When you listen to the two albums back to back, they are evidently different. On Wild Heart, Stevie began to experiment with synthesizers, which were not in Bella Donna at all. She moved away from the country-ish sound she had on her debut album, to a more pop and rock orientated album.
1. Wild Heart: Stevie's title tracks are known for being epic rockers, and this song is no exception. Stevie even wails a bit at the end, one of my favorite parts of this song. 4/5
2. If Anyone Falls: One of the singles of the album, it made #16 on the pop-charts. It has a nice danceable beat to it, and the harmonies on the chorus are beautiful. 4/5
3. Gate and Garden: This is one of Stevie's songs that has taken a lot of flak over the years because of it's vague lyrics. However, the music and the vocals on this track make it work. 4/5
4. Enchanted: One of my favorite Stevie solo songs. A very nice country/rock feel and the piano is just great. You also get a taste of how powerful Stevie's voice was at this time. 5/5
5. Nightbird: A song written about Stevie's friend Robyn Anderson who had died soon after Stevie had released Bella Donna.
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Coming off the massive success of Bella Donna, which easily overshadowed Mirage, Fleetwood Mac's well-crafted but tepid 1982 release, Nicks side-stepped the sophomore slump by topping herself with The Wild Heart. Although "Stand Back" was a smash that has become her most popular song, The Wild Heart is not obviously as commercial as Bella Donna. The Wild Heart is more of an artist's album, and Nicks' spreads her wings to command and fill the entire effort with admirable authority.

For a Nicks' fan, The Wild Heart is nirvana: longer songs with more passionate, imagistic lyrics than ever. The title track and the album closer are epics - each over six minutes long - that work the opposite ends of Nicks' spectrum. "Wild Heart" is a thunderous, passionate anthem with her most thrilling vocal work ever, and "Beauty and the Beast" is symphonic gothica for which the term `ballad' is just inadequate. In between, Nicks indulges her mixture of rock and fairydust with alluring results. "Enchanted" and "Nightbird" are pure Nicks and would never have seen the light of day in the more structured programme of Fleetwood Mac.

The Wild Heart also finds Nicks updating her sound into the 80s with striking ease, especially when you consider how most 70s acts that tried to do this either completely sold out or made fools of themselves. She stretches herself well beyond the Fleetwood Mac sound (the torrid "Nothing Ever Changes") and kicks out a trendy hit (the synth-pop confection "If Anyone Falls"). Tellingly, the one weak spot is the out of place Tom Petty duet ("I Will Run to You"). Another Nicks cut, such as "Sleeping Angel" or "Blue Lamp" (both of which ended up buried on soundtrack albums) would worked much better.
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On her first solo album, Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks showed that she could carry the show by herself. On The Wild Heart, she continues her winning ways with an album full of her trademark romantic mysticism. Bella Donna had an underlying country feel, but on The Wild Heart she employs a heavy synthesizer sound. In fact the big hit from the album, "Stand Back", was inspired by Prince. The song has a rolling synth sound and one of the strongest vocals of her career. She does another duet with Tom Petty on "I Will Run To You". The song isn't as good as their first effort, "Stop Dragging My Heart Around", but that song is an all time classic. "If Anyone Falls" is a brilliant track and the best song from the album. There are the requisite mystical work including "Nightbird", "Sable On Blond", "Gate & Garden" and the heavily orchestrated "Beauty & The Beast". The Wild Heart shows that Bella Donna was no fluke.
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Stevie Nicks is a legend, and her second solo album from 1983, "The wild heart" is brilliant. A huge hit when it was released, this album spent 11 weeks in Billboard's top ten, peaking at #5, and was the number one selling female album of the year according to Billboard's 1983 chart reviews."Stand Back" was the lead single, and spent weeks in the top ten singles chart and MTV's top ten video charts. It propelled Nicks with a dancy modern sound at the time and the song even made the top 15 on the dance charts. The second single, "If anyone falls" was also a huge hit, peaking at #14, and #4 on the MTV video charts, and features sensuous vocals by Nicks, infectuous guitar licks and a dynamic keyboard sound."Nightbird" was the 3rd single and made the top 30 singles charts, but didn't feature a video, which might be why the song didn't make the top 20, as it's an amazing song, with guest vocals by Sandy Stuart. "Enchanted" also got massive play on album oriented rock radio, and also made the top 20 on Billboard's album rock cuts chart(AOR).Besides the hits, the rest of the album contains no filler and is a solid rock and roll effort. "Gate and garden" is gorgeous with an addictive repeating chorus, and I love the piano on it. Nicks sounds so focused here."I will run to you" is a nice mellow duet with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and "Nothing ever changes" is a frenzied mid tempo rocker with a killer saxaphone solo. "Sable on blonde" features guest Mick Fleetwood on drums, and is a gorgeous honey dripped vocal arrangement, with Nicks slowly building up to a truly impressive wail ending the song. Truly classic. And the set closer, "Beauty and the beast" featuring a full orchestra was recorded in one take, and is chilling, with it's fabled lyrics and Stevie's trademark vibrato commanding this classic ballad. This is a classic rock and roll album, by rock's legendary queen. Spectacular.
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