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If you haven’t heard of the band Heart before it’s time to come out of your cave and join modern civilization. The Wilson Sister’s Ann and Nancy have been rocking it out since first arriving on the music scene in the 1970’s and since then have been putting out a constant stream of music.
I have really fond memories of them having grown up listening to Heart’s music. I was in the prime of my early teenager years when the band’s music started filling the airwaves. At the time I was driving a 1970 Camaro SS that was brown metal flake with a white racing stripe and side pipes. I can almost feel the air blowing through my, at that time, long blond hair, as I cruised down the highway with Heart music blasting from my car’s stereo speakers.
Besides the release of, ‘Fanatic,’ 2012 has been and will continue to be a busy year for the ladies with the release of their boxed set, “Strange Euphoria,” (June 5th) along with their upcoming autobiography titled, ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,” (Sept 18th) and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Sept 25th).
What you’ll hear on their latest release, ‘Fanatic,’ is a lot of the band’s signature sound that ranges from all out rockers to more melodic, poetic ballads. They don’t waste any time showing that still have what it takes to rock it out with the releases opening title-track, ‘Fanatic,” that’s filled with crunchy guitars and thick drum beats. The song’s theme is the story of the Wilson sister’s lifestyle of whatever they decide to do they’re going full bore with it.
The track, “Dear Old America,” pulls on the sister’s life of being part of a military household and is taken from the viewpoint of their Marine Corp Officer father returning home from war.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more melodic then give tracks like, “Pennsylvania,” “Rock Deep (Vancouver)” and “Walkin’ Good,” a relationship themed track that features songstress Sarah McLachlan a listen.
The band also takes a successful step a little bit out of their usual sound with the progressive rock track, “A Million Miles.”
Review Tagline: Being part of the rock and roll life can take its toll on most bands but the Wilson sisters must have found the fountain of youth because the years of time haven’t seem to affected them as their music is still filled with plenty of rock n’ roll piss and vinegar. They’re also still not hard on the eyes and reminded me of just why I had a school boy crush on them while growing up.
Standout Tracks: “Fanatic”, “Dear Old America”, “Walkin’ Good”, “Pennsylvania”, “Rock Deep (Vancouver)”,
Review by C.W. Ross