You remember back when you were a little kid and your parents would be ranting about something they thought was important, but your brain was drifting off to something you cared about more? They would say that although you could hear them, you were not really listening to them. Well, that is what we do to music now. It's just background noise. I think what makes Heart so special is that they have four decades of releasing music that would grab you and make you listen the way our parents wish they could have more often. So here I am on the third installment of my adventure to give the most detailed review of the Heart box set available.
When I started listening to this at work I ended up listening to the first few songs of this second disc a few times before I figured out it was the second disc. The song that stuck out the most was "Bebe Le Strange". I have no clue why, but that hook got a hold of me and just would not let go. The guitar riffs in the song "City's Burning" have to be some of the most over looked guitar riffs in Rock history. I'm not a guitar player, so maybe I am missing something but people should be talking about this song way more than they do. The live version of "Never" is amazing. Just like with the demo tracks, this is stripped down to it's core. Maybe they had an extra dose of energy because John Paul Jones was playing with them? Either way, I still wonder if they meant "You're banging your head again, somebody won't let you in" as a masturbation reference. I have always thought so but have never seen them confirm or deny it in interviews. "These Dreams" and "Alone" are just the standard studio versions we have all loved for the past couple decades, but it is still nice to hear them both again and have them in this collection.
I have to admit that this is the first time I have heard the songs "Nobody Home", "High Romance", and "Under The Sky", but I really like them. Although I like it best when these girls kick ass, some of their softer songs are great because soft songs from modern bands of today seem to lack any passion and these ladies have always been overflowing with it. This disc did has two weak spots in "Lucky Day", and "Unconditional Love" but two weak songs amongst such a strong catalog is a pretty good track record in my book. My wife did get mad at me when I played the track back to back with a Beyonce song and asked her if she heard any similarities. I think I ruined that song for her for life.
With this disc being pretty full of the softer side of Heart, I was glad to hear that the final song was a bit heavier. It is 80's cheese all the way, but nobody did that with more integrity than Heart. It is the perfect statement to describe their entire career. It never mattered if it was one of the heavier rock songs of that era, a soft ballad about love, or an 80's style track about empowerment, they always did it with their integrity intact. That is clear with this disc, even with the songs I don't like.
For part one where I talk in depth about the packaging and art work go to:
For Part 2 where I review disc 1 go to: