By Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
I am so happy to see that the Wilson sisters
have finally decided to go back into the studio to record an album. It
has been a long 10 years. I knew after hearing Alive In Seattle last summer
that they had successfully recaptured the energy and sound that made them
rock legends and had hoped that this album would become a reality.
Jupiter’s Darling is some of their finest
work since Heart (1985) and Bebe La Strange (1980). Ann and Nancy really
turn on the juice with every track, all 16, that is a lot of music to record
all the while making every track a winner. Yes, this is a 5 star release
from start to finish.
From lush ballads “Enough,” flat out rockers
“Move On” and smoldering bluesy tunes like “Down The Nile,” the ladies
have it goin’ on non-stop. Craig Bartock is fabulous guitar player and
the rhythm section of Mike Inez (bass) and Ben Smith (drummer) really kick
it up a notch to match the intensity of Bartock’s hot licks. Darian Sahanaja
(keyboards) is also a key factor in making the Heart sound like it was
on previously successful albums.
Ann is still one of the most powerful and
dynamic woman lead singers in rock music and sister Nancy can still back
sis nicely with her steamy vocals and also provide some hard fast licks
of her own on the six-string. They still like to pull out a few Led Zeppelin
riffs here and there, add the mystical mandolin-check out the mid section
of “I Give Up,” its filled with irresistible hooks, the kind that have
hit single written all over it. Another tune that is bound to become a
signature tune live is “Vainglorious,” what a rocker.
I simply cannot say enough how vital and
uncompromising this album is. It is Heart at its very best, and to say
this is one of their best albums is not an exaggeration at all. If I don’t
list this in my top ten albums of the year in December, somebody please
give me a kick in the pants!
- Jupiter’s Darling
01. Make Me Listen
02. Oldest Story in the World
04. Perfect Goodbye
06. Move On
07. I Need the Rain
08. I Give Up
10. No Other Love
11. Led to One
12. Down the Nile
13. I'm Fine
14. Fallen Ones
15. Lost Angel
16. Hello Moonglow
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck is
a veteran syndicated music critic, his reviews appear in over 35 publications
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