October 13, 2012

Heart: Fanatic

Ann & Nancy Wilson release Heart's 14th studio album Fanatic.  Continuing the sound of Red Velvet Car from 2010, Ben Mink produces, co-writes, and plays on every track. Ben Smith, with the girls since the 2003 Live In Seattle DVD, is back on drums/percussion.
Craig Bartock, who brought an edge to Jupiter's Darling of '04- is not present here, and only received a minor credit on Red Velvet Car. His facebook page still states he is lead guitarist for Heart, Heart's own facebook includes him in the current band listing, and he has been doing shows with them promoting the album.

Packaging is pretty basic here for both the Music On Vinyl import and the United Record Pressing domestic issues: single pocket jacket with printed inner sleeve, download code and custom labels. US pressing is standard weight vinyl, EU pressing is on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Inner sleeve contains photos, notes, credits and lyrics.

None of the bonus tracks from various CD/digital versions are here, or on the included download.

ALSO newly out from the Wilson Sisters:
-Strange Euphoria 3CD+DVD Retrospective Box.
-Kicking And Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll [Hardcover].

Furthermore, congratulations to Heart for receiving a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on September 25th, directly in front of the prestigious Musicians Institute! AND.. finally, a nomination for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame by public vote! The 5 nominees with the most votes are inducted, Heart is currently #3!!! GO VOTE!

Heart on facebook.
Fanatic on metacritic.

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