Jupiters Darling

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In the decade since their last studio outing, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have apparently done some soul-searching and meditating on what made Heart such a great band in the first place. At their peak, they were a powerful, obsessively compelling rock band that could knock off hit singles and consistently fine albums that appealed to album rock radio junkies and studious types. Jupiters Darling is the result of that reflection. It's easily the band's finest moment in over 20 years. Ann and Nancy have gotten their confidence back as bandleaders; the obvious control they exert over these proceedings is one of the album's chief strengths. Guitarist Craig Bartock who ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In the decade since their last studio outing, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have apparently done some soul-searching and meditating on what made Heart such a great band in the first place. At their peak, they were a powerful, obsessively compelling rock band that could knock off hit singles and consistently fine albums that appealed to album rock radio junkies and studious types. Jupiters Darling is the result of that reflection. It's easily the band's finest moment in over 20 years. Ann and Nancy have gotten their confidence back as bandleaders; the obvious control they exert over these proceedings is one of the album's chief strengths. Guitarist Craig Bartock who co-produced with Nancy and collaborated as a songwriter on most of these tracks, bassist Mike Inez, drummer Ben Smith, and Darian Sahanaja on keyboards are all wound deep into the Wilsons' sonic tapestry that combines tough, edgy, riff-based guitar rock with textures and motifs from Eastern music, the blues, and psychedelia, à la their influences from Led Zeppelin as well as vintage pop. Over 16 cuts and 62 minutes, Jupiters Darling does not feel overly long; the sheer diversity of its songs and production makes for a wonderfully labyrinthine listening experience. On "Make Me," the acoustic flamenco cum rag blues intro opens out into a rocker that bears the traces of "Crazy On You." Ann's voice opens up the words of a love song that demands resolution. The urgency in the lyric is carried to the edge of the abyss by the triumvirate of guitars. "Oldest Story in the World" has all the grit of "Magic Man," and wrangles out pumped-up riffology. Nancy's country vocal on "Things" feels a bit like Zeppelin's "Going to California," though it's less serious. There's adventure in tracks like "Enough," with its flutes and dulcimers, and "I Need the Rain," with its mandolins, as well as in the engaging radio pop of "The Perfect Goodbye" and the trippy, grungy rock of "Move On." The funky rawness of "Vainglorious" has a smoking refrain. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready joins the band on "I'm Fine," the scorching blues-rocker "Down the Nile," and "Led to One," as does former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell on the grunged-out crunch of "Fallen Ones." Jupiters Darling delivers far beyond expectations; it proves in spades that Heart is a vital and creative rock & roll unit and a force to be reckoned with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Adrenaline Music
  • UPC: 811481010484
  • Catalog Number: 10148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Make Me (3:57)
  2. 2 Oldest Story in the World (3:53)
  3. 3 Things (2:45)
  4. 4 The Perfect Goodbye (3:37)
  5. 5 Enough (3:25)
  6. 6 Move On (5:00)
  7. 7 I Need the Rain (4:20)
  8. 8 I Give Up (3:50)
  9. 9 Vainglorious (3:57)
  10. 10 No Other Love (4:02)
  11. 11 Led to One (2:56)
  12. 12 Down the Nile (4:49)
  13. 13 I'm Fine (2:59)
  14. 14 Fallen Ones (3:42)
  15. 15 Lost Angel (6:56)
  16. 16 Hello Moonglow (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heart Primary Artist
Jerry Cantrell Guitar
Mike McCready Guitar, E-bow, Guitar (Leslie)
Jami Sieber Cello
Ann Wilson Vocals, Spoken Word, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Darian Sahanaja Keyboards, Stylophone, Group Member
Nancy Wilson Mandolin, Vocals, Mandocello
Craig Bartock Guitar, Marimbas, Performing Ensemble, Mellotron, Pump Organ, E-bow, Harmony, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Mike Inez Bass, Bass Guitar, Tambourine, Group Member
Ben Smith Drums, Box
Ravi Jakhotia Percussion
Nancy Jo Wilson Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mandocello, megaphone, Piano Strings, Harmony, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Terry Davison Pedal Steel Guitar
Ben Smith Drums, Cardboard Box, Group Member
Technical Credits
Chuck Prophet Composer
Dave Dysart Engineer
Sue Ennis Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Patrick MacDougall Engineer
Ann Wilson Composer, Poetry
Nancy Wilson Composer
Craig Bartock Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Acoustic Treatments
Theresa Day Images
Thomas Day Images
Nancy Jo Wilson Producer, String Arrangements
Kam Dahlin Engineer
Sabrina Voll Mac Dougall Images
Klaus Whitley Graphic Design, Images
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    where's the rock?????

    to many rock fans, it has been puzzling as to why ann and nancy wilson so sparingly do what they do best, rock out!!!! as with all heart albums, "jupiter's darling" only contains a couple of serious rockers and way too many soft/pop songs. "oldest story" and "fallen ones" are spectacular rockers. "move on" and "vainglorious" are pretty good as well. "i need the rain" is the best acoustic and a beautiful song, perhaps this is nancy's best vocal. the rest of the album is not too great. "make me" and "i give up" could have been good if they would have had a more rocking edge, same with "down the nile" the album has some real clinkers with "things", "led to one", "hello moonglow". "no other love" with its 2 lines of lyrics sang over and over and over is especially monotonous. "i'm fine" really needed ann on vocals, nancy's voice is not strong enough to handle this tune. "lost angel" is too long and only rocks for a short part of the song,, "enough" is ok. i hear the band is recording a new album this year. hopefully, they will take a cue from the response to the live "barracuda" with fergie..****people want heart to rock**** ann's voice is still a fantastic instrument, i hope the new album will for once will favor the rockers!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I looked around online and I finally found why I really didn't like Jupiter's Darling that much. It was the CD mastering. Looking at a chart I can tell why Ann doesn't sound as well. They took the masters of these and cropped off the top peaks from the music making everything loud but sounding like it came out of a tin can. You can hear this clearly if you listen to "Make Me" where Ann's vocals are clipping like all get out. This is heard when it sounds like the volume is going up and down on her singing. I ripped the cd and used an audio program to try to recreate the top level peaks and surprisingly it sounds as full as Desire Walks On.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YES!! Finally!!

    This album is the best one i've heard in four years. When the sisters say rock n roll, they really go to the extreme. My CD collection has never stood proud until now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ann and Nancy Wilson Blast JD to the top!!!

    Do you want the best album of HEART'S career??? Look no further as the Wilson sisters are back with a power house of an album. This album has HEART formula hits that are going to shake the count down. The songs seriously RAWK!!! Are you a Heart fan from the 70's? Look no further this album cranks out songs as equal to Barracuda, Magic Man, Crazy on You, etc. Are you an 80's Heart fan??? Look no further as they crank out hits better than Alone, Never, AIWD, These Dreams, etc. This is HEART's best album ever!!! You will not be disappointed. Order your copy today and pick up a piece of ROCK HISTORY!!! This will be the album that will blast Ann and Nancy in the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!!!! Don't listen to any of the losers that say this album is the same song and dance!!! Ann and Nancy are the Led Zeppelin of the 21st century!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart - Alive and Beating Strong!

    Jupiters Darling is Ann and Nancy Wilson's tour de force! A collection of songs that span several musical styles (hard rock, country rock, pop, and folk) while still coming together as a cohesive unit. This CD is amazing. A very brave move from the queen's of rock and roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back with a Rock and Roll Heart!!!

    I grew up loving Heart. When I was in high school, so long ago, they were one of my favorite groups. This album brings back memories of some of their most famous songs. Way to go girls. Nice to see them back at it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart's Brilliant New CD Jupiters Darling

    The Wilson Sisters return to their rock acoustic roots in their brilliant new CD Jupiters Darling. Ann Wilson's vocals prove she is the BEST female rock vocalist. Nancy Wilson really shines on this project as producer (with Craig Bartock). Jupiters Darling showcases Nancy Wilson's outstanding musicianship (electric & acoustic guitars,mandolin, mandocello, dulcimer, blues harp). Ann & Nancy Wilson have written some of their best songs for this CD, with co-writer Craig Bartock. The result is Heart's best album since Dog & Butterfly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HEART IS BACK!!!

    Wow! What a great new album! Ann & Nancy are back with a hard rockin powerful return to form. Fans of the bands formulatic slick 80's sound should stop here, for this album is a return to Heart's 70's roots! Without sounding dated, Ann & Nancy Wilson manage to update their signature sound into a contemporary style bringing in influences from the best of Seattle's rock scene of the past decade. Songs such as "The Perfect Goodbye", "Oldest Story In The World", and "Make Me", could easily fit onto any modern rock stations play list without comprimising the groups traditional sound. "Lost Angel" sounds like a long lost missing track from the bands classic "Dog & Butterfly" album, while "Led To One" clearly brings to light the bands Beatles influences. Other tracks such as "Move On", "I Give Up" and "Vainglorious" rock with the best of any Heart classics. Jupiters Darling rates along side the bands classic run of 70's albums as one of the best offerings of their career and reminds you of why you became a Heart fan in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It doesn't GET much better than this!

    This CD was WELL WORTH the wait- it is TRULY some of this band's BEST WORK EVER. In my opinion, this is Heart's BEST album since 1980's Bebe Le Strange, which has always been my personal favorite. In a much welcome 180 degree departure from their overly formulaic, "marketing machine" sound during the mid to late 1980's, this album brings us back to what Heart is TRULY about (and should be about)- in your face, straight ahead, passion rich rock-n-roll, complimented by some soulful, melodic, heartfelt ballads to complete that perfect musical mix. This album's enormous versatility, with a little something that will appeal to everyone, is a prime illustration of exactly WHY this band is SO GOOD. If you're looking for some of those famous, powerpacked, Heart-fueled rockers, they are here in glorious abundance, with "Make Me", "Oldest Story in the World", "Perfect Goodbye", "Move On", and "Vainglorious" being particular standouts. For something a bit more subdued, check out the playful "Things", sung by Nancy or the beautiful, melodic, "No Other Love". The down home, funky, harmonica laden "Down the Nile" is an undeniable good time, and then there is what is TRULY one of the best and most beautiful songs to EVER grace ANY Heart album, the hauntingly powerful "Lost Angel", a song where both lyrics and melody come together to create something that's so dangerously close to musical perfection it's downright SCARY. In short, there is nothing on this CD NOT to like, no matter which way your musical tastes tend to run. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE- you WILL regret it, I promise you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jupiters Darling Rocks

    Jupiters Darling is Heart's first studio album in over 10 years. And I must say although it was a long wait.. it was well worth it. This album gets better and better with each listen. Heart has gotten back to its roots with this release. They are back and they are Rockin' harder then ever. The result is 16 power packed tracks of powerful and passionate rock and roll that was produced by Nancy Wilson. Heart is back and better then ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HEART "attacks" !!

    This sounds is a GREAT return for the ladies of 'ROCK'! It returns to their 'roots' with an 'up-front' sound and no-frills R&R! 'VAINGLORIOUS' sounds like an all around radio-rockin' hit!! 'THINGS' is also radio-friendly to all! GREAT WORK..Probably their BEST YET!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Next stop....Rock&Roll Hall Of Fame!

    After over 30 years as professional musicians, without taking anything from that which has proceeded, this is the best record they have ever recorded.One would be challenged to count their peers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The true way back machine

    If I only could hear it all. So far of the 30 seconds of play, I would say the Wilson sisters finally found The Road Home. Their unique blend of rock is one of a kind. Their ability to keep entertaining us through all of the band member changes is truly a triumph for us all to enjoy. Great job Ann, Nancy, and HEART, don't stop here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally.

    Ann has the best voice that I have ever heard. Nancy is IMO the best guitar player. She is on the same level as Jimmy Page. Together, Ann and Nancy WIlson makes Heart, wonderful, powerful and amazing music. I enjoy their music and to me they are the best band in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VAINGLORIOUS!

    It illuminates iridescence in an otherwise pedestrian and banal musical palette. It is summed up in a single word: rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wilson Sisters Rock!

    and rock and keep on rockin. This will be THE soundtrack of the Summer of '04. Put your top down, put the CD in the player and smash pedal to the metal as you head for the beach...with Ann and Nancy leading the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart is Back!!!

    The Best CD of the year!!! This should get Heart in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where they belong!!! Totally the best new album they have ever put forth!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing , fullfilling ,

    Once again Ann & Nancy hit the mark with this new CD. I knew they would, I have total confidence in all their work. This Jupiter's Darling is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart's pumping again!!!!!!

    after 12 years, Ann & Nancy Wilson are back and stronger than ever!!! Jupiter's Darling in my opinion will take us back to their earlier roots of Rock!! Having followed them since the early 80's, all the way through their side projects, The Wilson's music constantly is resonating in my veins and will be fresh, exciting, and hard-rockin' right out of the chute!! Seeing them again on tour will no doubt be the highlight of the year! Jupiter's Darling should be a staple in everyone's collection! Thank you Ann & Nancy for your years of dedication, talent, and inspiration!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At Last !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It,s sound ,as always,like the best band there is over so manny jears HEART !!!!!!!!!

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