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4.5 stars - A forgotten Heart album,
This review is from: Private Audition (Audio CD)
Private Audition (1982.) Heart's sixth album.
When the eighties rolled around, people's tastes in music began changing. Despite Heart's efforts to keep up with the changing musical stylings, as demonstrated on their transitional 1980 album Bebe Le Strange, the band ultimately lost much of their audience. Following their 1980 release, the band entered into a short-lived period in which they released two albums that bombed so badly, most Heart fans neglect to even acknowledge their existence. The first of those two albums is 1982's Private Audition. Is this album bombing symbolic of the music featured on the record, or is it an underrated masterpiece? Read on for my review of the album.
I went into listening to this album with skeptical feelings. My skepticism was blown away after I listened to the album - this was GREAT music that doesn't deserve the bad reputation it gets. On this album, the band shifts more toward an eighties-oriented rock sound, and this serves them well. Some of the songs feature fast-paced guitar playing, heavier than their earlier work. There are, of course, some ballads present here, and not surprisingly, their attempt at ballads is very good. Some songs hint back at the group's folksy roots, although this element of the band's sound was beginning to fade away. Almost needless to say, there is plenty of eighties pop-oriented influence here. Every song on this album is excellent. One thing I have constantly praised Heart for is their musical diversity, and Private Audition is one of those albums I can praise for that. It seems that in many cases, rock and roll albums fail commercially, despite the fact that the music that they feature is actually quite good. Private Audition is an album that couldn't be more true of. If you're a fan of Heart, this one is well worth picking up.
Unfortunately, Heart's three "forgotten" albums (1982's Private Audition, 1983's Passionworks, and 1993's Desire Walks On) are no longer in print. This is a huge disappointment, since each one is a great album in its own right. Hopefully they will eventually be remastered in the way that the classic Portrait albums were. Until then, you'll likely have to either order a copy online, or hunt for a used one.
Private Audition deserves more credit than it gets. This is an excellent Heart album, no matter what anyone says. Fortunately, the band would rejoin the musical spotlight just two albums later when they released their self-titled album. It's a shame thast the stuff after Dog And Butterfly but before the self-titled album gets overlooked by fans of the group, because it really is good music. If you're a fan of the band, don't make the common mistake of overlooking it.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2008 14:55:56 GMT
Totally agree, I never understood that bad press this album got, I actually thought it was better than Bebe Le Strange, which I felt relied too much on hard rock, whereas Private Audition is a bit more diverse. Shame this album has been out of print for so long.
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