Jupiter's Darling [UK Bonus Tracks]

Jupiter's Darling [UK Bonus Tracks]

by Heart
     
 

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 rockSee more details below

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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. Jupiter's 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, Jupiter's 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 "Rings" 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." Jupiter's 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. [This U.K. version of the album includes bonus material.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2004
Label:
Eagle Music Europe
UPC:
5034504128422
catalogNumber:
284
Rank:
200000

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heart   Primary Artist
Ann Wilson   Vocals,Harmony,Group Member
Darian Sahanaja   Keyboards,Stylophone,Group Member
Craig Bartock   Acoustic Guitar,Marimbas,Mellotron,Pump Organ,E-bow,Harmony,Group Member
Mike Inez   Tambourine,Group Member
Ben Smith   Drums,Group Member
Nancy Jo Wilson   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandocello,megaphone,Harmony,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chuck Prophet   Composer
Dave Dysart   Engineer
Sue Ennis   Composer
Patrick MacDougall   Engineer
Ann Wilson   Poetry
Nancy Wilson   Composer
Craig Bartock   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
A. Wilson   Composer
Nancy Jo Wilson   Producer,String Arrangements
Kam Dahlin   Engineer

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