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Heart - 1987 Bad Animals

ALBUM: Bad Animals
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: CDP 7-46676-2
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Ann Wilson - lead vocals * Nancy Wilson - guitars, keyboards, lead and background vocals * Howard Leese - lead guitars, keyboards, background vocals * Mark Andes - bass * Denny Carmassi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Who Will You Run To * 02 Alone * 03 There's The Girl * 04 I Want You So Bad * 05 Wait For An Answer * 06 Bad Animals * 07 You Ain't So Tough * 08 Strangers Of The Heart * 09 Easy Target * 10 RSVP

WEBLINKS: www.heart-music.com

What was the strategy to follow up the 1985 blockbuster album by Heart? 'Bad Animals' was the resulting output, but judging by the slickness and polish, they've gone even deeper into melodic territory - blunting their razor sharp delivery for thick layers of keyboards and an entire backline of co-writes and outside contributions. You have to wonder whether the band was having any say with the material. Of the ten songs, the personnel only wrote one song among themselves, co-wrote three with outside writers, while six songs were not theirs at all! Suffice to say, Management and label reps probably had a say in precedings, notwithstanding, 'Bad Animals' was nearly successful as 1985's 'Heart', the album eventually going platinum a few times over.

The Songs
Of the material, songwriter to the stars Diane Warren provides the first track 'Who Will You Run To'. This one made it to #7 on the Billboard charts, but it's the next one.. 'Alone', a track first heard on I-Ten's classic 1983 album, that provides the killer blow, going all the way to #1. I betcha Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg were overjoyed, considering their original version didn't do a lot. The duo also deliver the desperate synth oriented 'I Want You So Bad'. Holly Knight and Nancy write the quite lovely 'There's The Girl'. It does have Holly's trademark signature over it, probably why I like it a lot. The Lisa Dalbello contribution 'Wait For An Answer' unleashes Ann's impassioned vocal in a dramatic and powerful way. Dalbello, well known in the Canadian music industry would later guest on 1993's 'Desire Walks On' CD. The other track which I like is the Steve Kipner/Peter Beckett contribution 'You Ain't So Tough', while the hard rockin' 'Easy Target' has traces of 'The Wolf' from the 1985 album.

In Summary
Overall, this is a very likeable album, and I remember thrashing this alongside Lep's 'Hysteria' and White Lion's 'Pride' album during mid 87. I still think this is too synth/keyboard top heavy.. and ordinarily I wouldn't be the first to complain, but knowing Heart's history/legacy and musical track record, they had all the similarities of Foreigner going down the wimphem path forever more. Thankfully, 1990's 'Brigade' was a return to a harder edgier style, though it would be the end of the road for this particular incarnation of the band as grunge was about to descend from the dark Seattle clouds..

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#1 | rostoned on June 15 2016 09:09:17
'You ain't so tough' was credited just to Kipner/Beckett on the first editions but later presses (including latest japanese shm edition) adds Jack D'Amore (real name of cult solo act Jack Street, ex Rock Rose drummer) and Dennis Lambert as other two songwriters. There was a sue or sample involved for the later credit, or simply a mistake? hmm!
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