I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE copy of Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.
Nancy and Ann Wilson
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Like I said, I love Heart. So I could hardly contain my excitement when I got the chance to hear Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays. Unfortunately, I won't be rating each song (though that review is available for those interested), but the album as a whole. No matter where they sing, Heart sounds great live.
This album includes 13 tracks like Santa's Going South, Remember Christmas, Stairway to Heaven, and Barracuda. Yeah, most of the tracks are Christmasy, and some are not. My favorites of the whole album were Barracuda, Santa's Going South, Please Come Home For Christmas, River, and Remember Christmas. The tracks that just were still wonderful but baffled me were All We Need Is An Island, and Stairway to Heaven.
My favorite duets were Pat Monahan and Sammy Hagar. We don't hear a lot from Richard Marx, which I wish he would have at least sang a verse instead of background. Shawn Colvin's voice (when she sings Rockin'/Love Came Down At Christmas) sounded so strained that it made the song seemed forced. If I had to rate it out of 10, I would probably give it a 7.6 or 8. It would have been better if a few songs didn't make it onto the album and if Richard Marx sang more than just backup.
This would make a wonder stocking stuffer for any HEART lover!